On drupal.org, what are exactly meta issues? Meta issues meaning issues that contain the word [meta] at the beginning of the issue queue on drupal.org.

Issues that contain other smaller issues?

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    Not sure exactly why this question has close votes. If this question is off-topic, then the entire tag community-drupal-org should be too, no?
    – Letharion
    Mar 6, 2013 at 18:18

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'meta' loosely means 'about', like the discussions on the meta site here. They are about the site, not drupal. Meta Tags are about the page, placing it in context. The [meta] issues are not about functionality, but rather about policy, code-cleanup, documentation, standards etc., rather than regular (functional) issues which are about achieving a result through code.

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    But unless I'm mistaken, it's also frequently used for large issues, where a meta issue primarily serves to keep track of all the small issues and share information about progress/roadblocks, as suggested in the OP.
    – Letharion
    Mar 6, 2013 at 18:20
  • In my understanding, that would be correct, to develop a strategic approach to several related issues. Really hard to develop a firm definition of the term. More of a concept ... :-)
    – Triskelion
    Mar 6, 2013 at 18:43
  • Do you have any examples of meta issued about DO itself? I have only seen the type that @Letharion mentions.
    – mpdonadio
    Mar 7, 2013 at 0:51
  • As one example: API documentation cleanup sprint.
    – Triskelion
    Mar 7, 2013 at 1:34

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