I noticed that the review tag doesn't have any information attached to it. While I could spend time writing a description for it, I thought I might reuse the same text that the review tag has on the main StackExchange meta site. In fact, I could do this for all generic tags such as:

  • closed-questions
  • design
  • election
  • moderators
  • reputation
  • review
  • unanswered-questions

Assume that I'll read the descriptions first and remove any site-specific information. Is there any reason not to do this? Is there any automated way to do it?

On further thought, and this is likely a main site meta question, why aren't these general tags maintained centrally so that they have the same definitions across all sites?

EDIT: I've done some more searching and turned up related questions on meta.SO. One mentions that some mandatory and moderator-only tags and wiki info are pushed out to all meta sites. The information can then be overwritten on the 'child' meta sites. There's also a current question about finding plagiarized text in the tag-wiki information. Technically, I'm advocating plagiarism, although in my first attempt with "election" I did include a statement and reference to the source.

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    As an appendix to this question, should we import tags for technical terms from the main stackoverflow sites? I am currently doing this manually when I come across a tag that has no description on our site, but has a description on stackoverflow. – Devdatta Tengshe May 21 '13 at 4:02
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    I added feature-request so the Q will pop up on the radar of the Stack Exchange developers, however briefly. It would be good to have a feature for tags similar to the "import user profile description from other Stack Exchange sites?" feature when registering or creating an account on a new SE site. – matt wilkie May 22 '13 at 17:45
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    I just edited "election". The edits are awaiting moderation because I don't have enough rep to edit tag wiki directly. I included a reference to the source of the text. – mkennedy May 23 '13 at 16:09

A feature request like this would need to be implemented at the Meta Stack Exchange level rather than here at Meta GIS SE but it has already been discussed there as:

Unifying descriptions for all tags across SE sites?

which was made a duplicate of Why don't we add a question with the same tag on multiple Stack Exchange sites? and set to .

I think the two are somewhat oblique duplicates and focus more on Main rather than Meta sites but in any event this is not something we have control over here at GIS SE so I am deferring it to SE.

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