Now that we have a broad consensus on having an edit event to deal with the broken links caused by the HTTPS update, we now need to coordinate the event itself.

The Big Event is now (largely) finished). If you want to do any more editing, please refer to the earlier guidelines on mass-edits. No more than 5-10 a day, max, please.

It looks like we've been able to edit all (or at least almost all) of the broken image links in double-quick time.

If you still want to help out, others are working on the Star Trek and LOTR tags (see below).

What are our goals and what can I do to help?

The goal is to replace all broken HTTPS links in the shortest time possible, to minimise disruption. There's a Data Explorer query here that will help you to locate the broken links (Don't start from the top downwards unless you want to find a lot of duplicated effort!)


Since the links are broken now, I propose we start immediately, with a goal of completing the task within the next 48-72 hours

Anything else?

Several users felt that it would be a good idea to tag on (pun intended) a retagging event aimed at sorting out our LOTR and Star Trek tags. Assuming they've got a consensus on those we should consider those a secondary objective.

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  • Does this mean we start now or after we have consensus here? :D I'm confused... cc @Randal'Thor Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 15:16
  • @Gallifreyan - Ladies and Gentlemen. Start your editing!!!
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 15:17
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    @Gallifreyan We already have consensus on the other post to have a Big Edit Event at some point. The only issue remaining is exactly when to do it, and this weekend seems as good a time as any.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 15:17
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    My Copy Editor badge will shine from here to Gallifrey! Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 15:19
  • By the way, that SE query has some deprecated data, due to Community batch-editing editable http links yesterday Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 15:21
  • @Gallifreyan Nothing we can do about that until Data.SE is updated in about 12 hours' time.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 15:22
  • @Randal'Thor can the query be edited to show when the post was last edited? That'd save time, because I just opened 4 no-longer-http posts in a row. Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 15:23
  • @Gallifreyan Probably (you'd need to ask someone with more SEDE-fu than I), but in any case edits made in the last week won't show up on Data.SE at all until the weekly update in 12 hours' time.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 15:24
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    Let's get to it!!! youtube.com/watch?v=M_hNk5QclHE
    – Skooba
    Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 15:36
  • I've added a Community Event to the sidebar for this.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 15:58
  • You know, I think we caught all dead images! (At least the query doesn't show a post I haven't visited. Hurray, just under 4 hours! Now the tags... Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 19:32
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    So this is why it looks like this site is entirely about Tolkien right now...
    – zenzelezz
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 0:12
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    @zenzelezz - And Star Trek. Personally I could give a crap about the tag editing but it seems to make them happy.
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 0:17
  • Could you add this to the head? About editing DC and Marvel tags. Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 10:40
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    @Gallifreyan - We don't have a consensus on editing those en-masse
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 11:01

5 Answers 5



Let's have a big round of applause for all those who helped take part in the Big Edit Event (that image shows the number of edits made from Saturday/Sunday midnight up to now; I believe Valorum was the only person who took part on Saturday but less on Sunday):

CreationEdge Mithrandir Edlothiad Gallifreyan tobiasvl Bellerophon Valorum

Special thanks to CreationEdge, who not only did nearly 2000 manual edits all by himself but also took personal charge of the Marvel/DC stage of the operation. Without him, we could never have done anywhere near as much as we did in this event. We salute you, Captain Edge.

Parts of the project

  • Fixing broken images. This is the most important. This Data.SE query (set the date range to run from 2011-01-11 to 2017-03-11) provided a full list of ~200 posts with images that need fixing.

  • Star Trek tags. There's a consensus here to tag all questions about Star Trek with the generic tag. There were several hundred of these, all now retagged.

  • Tolkien tags. There's a consensus here to keep for questions about the region, for questions about the author himself, and a new tag for questions about his works. This took a lot of retagging, over 1000 questions - details below.

  • DC/Marvel tags. See CreationEdge's answer for details.

Organisation of Tolkien edits

1. [tolkien]

I had a look through the 905 (!) questions tagged . Most of them weren't about the author but only about some of his works, so I retagged the 71 that were (at least arguably) specifically author-relevant with and then mod-merged the tag into . (Not that it really matters whether or not we include the initials in the tag name, but we do already have a distinct tag, and renaming to made the merging step easier. I can always mod-rename it back to if anyone objects.)

2. [middle-earth]

This was a similar job to , but on a smaller scale (only about 300 questions to 's 900). I merged this tag with , thus retagging most of those 300 questions in one fell swoop. The rest - the list I made before the merge, which can be found in the revision history of this post - had re-added to them by hand. (I was quite liberal with allowing the tag to be kept; it's quite possible that some of these questions don't really deserve it.)

3. Everything else

There were also 1000+ questions with other Tolkien-related tags (specifically , , or ) but NOT tagged or . Since the individual work tags should of course be kept, adding to all these questions had to be done by hand rather than with mod-merges. Thanks to a great deal of effort by many worthy community members, we completed this operation earlier today.

At this point:

  • All and questions are sensibly tagged. Don't worry about them.
  • All questions should have that tag (I can't guarantee that the other tags on all such questions are necessarily appropriate), and - hopefully - all that should have it do.
  • is dead, gone, and buried. (With apologies to @JasonBaker, but he'll automatically get a gold tag badge in to replace the one he's lost in .)
  • What if there are dead links, where images no longer exist? I'll just delete them, since there is no way to recover the image. Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 15:45
  • @Gallifreyan Keep a list of those posts, e.g. in an answer to this question. We may be able to recover some of the images, using the Wayback Machine or other tricks. (I managed this with some broken images over on Puzzling just today.)
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 15:46
  • Weird - http images from Stack Imgur are displayed here Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 16:03
  • Ah, OK. Let me eat something and I'll get started.
    – user31178
    Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 17:39
  • Will get started as soon as I'm back to my computer!
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 11:30
  • Thanks for the acknowledgment! Special thanks to Valorum and Creation Edge for fixing missing and broken images! Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 13:58

My thanks go to Valorum and Creation Edge for fixing missing and broken images!

Posts with dead images - please notify the author of the post and add the links here.

Links to those images were dead - I could not retrieve them.

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    Using the Wayback Machine can work. When I get on my computer, I can see what I can do.
    – Mithical
    Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 16:29

Here's some of the DC tag cleanup that's ongoing

Ignore the dc-comics bit in the URLs. The two tags were always synonyms and a long standing meta meant to swap them. During the event the swap happened and now is the parent tag.

(Marvel is upcoming, one thing at a time):

Whichever tag is missing in the search is the one that needs to be added.

https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/man-of-steel+-dc-comics https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/batman-v-superman+-dc-comics
<-- Deciding that since BvS is technically split between two "franchises" but really just the DCEU" it only needs to have the DCEU tag


https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/green-lantern+-dc-comics https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/greent-lantern-tas+-dc-comics

There's probably more DC to be done, in bits and pieces, but I think these are the major offenders. Marvel is incoming, and it's gonna be a HULKing BEAST of a job.

  • All right, all the ones currently in the list are done, except the BvS one.
    – tobiasvl
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 19:57
  • I feel like the BvS one... Since it's part of 2 franchises, it's better off just using the DCEU tag only, and not either Batman or Superman as a rule, so I'm good with calling it done.
    – user31178
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 19:58
  • Sounds good to me.
    – tobiasvl
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 19:59

Here's the start of the list. Do these by group order, because it'll eliminate having to retag the same question.

Ignore the marvel-comics bit in the URLs. The two tags were always synonyms and a long standing meta meant to swap them. During the event the swap happened and now is the parent tag.

1. All of these need to + + . Use best judgment if some don't actually need any.

2a. All of these need + :

2b. All of these need +

3. All of these need .

And there was a bunch more that's was too much work to list out here as it was getting done. Basically, all those pesky movies and TV shows that had the same names as the characters now don't. And there's a bunch of other characters that I caught and just fixed as I found them without generating a URL to link here.


Small (27 questions) The Expanse re-tag

There seem to be more questions related to the TV show than the novels. So, per CreationEdge's answer, should a mod rename to ? If so I can re-tag the questions about the novels with .

Also: Should these novel-specific tags be deleted/added as synonyms?

  • Per CreationEdge's answer all individual works get tags, so last part is no-no Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 18:06
  • @Gallifreyan I still don't understand that part. CreationEdge also said "So, there's not a need to tag Caliban's War individually, which Gallifreyan's answer also addresses."
    – tobiasvl
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 18:07
  • @Gallifreyan But I don't really care either way. Should tags be created for the other books in the series then?
    – tobiasvl
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 18:08
  • I've created the-expanse-novels and retagged the relevant questions. A mod can probably rename the-expanse to the-expanse-2015 now.
    – tobiasvl
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 18:39
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    @tobiasvl status-completed
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 18:55
  • @Randal'Thor Danke. Feel free to add status-completed to my original question: meta.scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/10665/…
    – tobiasvl
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 23:13
  • @Gallifreyan We have a minor exception for stuff like closed trilogy and series, but it's not being universally applied now so I'd just as soon leave the individual tags unless it's a problem and let Tolkien and Potter people keep that management to themselves.
    – user31178
    Commented Mar 13, 2017 at 3:18

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