I'm trying to edit a few of the tags, but since I'm new here I wonder if it is appropriate to blockquote Wikipedia on our tags as long as they are referenced correctly?

An example is shown on the best-practice tag:

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    If you agree with what is said, then I don't see why not. If you don't agree with what is said, fix it in Wikipedia, and then quote it :) Apr 24, 2011 at 9:33
  • LOL! That's the way to do it. Just have to re-initiate my Wikipedia-account then :) Apr 24, 2011 at 9:49

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Wikipedia and Stack Exchange use the same CC Attribution ShareAlike license. As long as we provide a link back, we should be free to copy and adapt Wikipedia's content.

In the long term, we should aim to contextualize descriptions as they relate to our site. See the helpful guidelines in the sidebar when you edit a tag wiki.

The tag wiki excerpt is a brief plain text introduction to the topic that the tag represents. It is shown at the top of tag question lists, and as a tooltip wherever the tag appears. Complete this first!

The full tag wiki is a detailed introduction to the topic, suitable as a destination for those curious about it:

  • what questions should have this tag?
  • some basic definitions
  • brief introduction to the subject
  • important general links
  • one reasonably sized page
  • Thanx! I'll keep this in mind while editing. BR Apr 25, 2011 at 15:13
  • @Benny Wow, you're still going! Beware the law of diminishing returns. At this point it might be better to focus on (a) making sure questions have appropriate tags or (b) contextualizing some of the tag wikis as described above. Thanks! Apr 26, 2011 at 18:54
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    Thanx for the advice! I'll do my best to contextualize the tags. It's fun and good practice for me where "labeling" were one of the corner stones in my IA-education :) Apr 26, 2011 at 19:03
  • we recently switched from cc-by-sa 2.5 to cc-by-sa 3.0, so we are now 100% compatible. Apr 28, 2011 at 4:18

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