Recently, I've been looking at tags, and realized that some things really need to be cleaned up. Like all those questions without the star-trek tag. While we're at it, why not clean up other tags, too?

When should we organize another tag cleanup?

  • I think as the questions are already tagged star-trek-tng, do we need the star-trek on them? Sounds redundant to me :)
    – Dawny33
    Commented Feb 21, 2016 at 14:18
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    @Dawny33 See this question.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Feb 21, 2016 at 14:19
  • First we need to pin down exactly what retagging to do in this tag cleanup event. Will it be only putting star-trek on all Star Trek questions, or will there be more (e.g. getting rid of the real-world tag)? Then we can decide when to do it.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Feb 21, 2016 at 14:24
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    I vote "never". What was the specific benefit from the last round? How did it benefit the site more than, for example, correcting bad spelling or improving question titles?
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 21, 2016 at 14:29
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    @Mike - I care. I just don't see the benefit. Also it mucks up the front page so I'm interested to know what metric you use to justify the damage caused.
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 21, 2016 at 19:18
  • What "damage" does bumping a post do? You mean 'noise' ? That noise is what keeps SE healthy.
    – Mazura
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 5:12
  • @Valorum - Correcting bad spelling and improving question titles, for some of us, is our goal in life. What's the problem here?
    – Mazura
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 5:57
  • When? Some time before yesterday, apparently.
    – Mazura
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 6:02

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Per my comment, I'm going to say "Never" or at the very least "Not for a long time".

For over a month now, the 'tagging team' have been pretty active in destroying lesser used tags, adding all manner of synonyms and untagging questions. What's been confusing me is why?

Whilst it's quite straightforward to see the damage caused (repeatedly flooding the front page with dozens of minor edits) where I'm struggling is trying to see what the benefit actually is.

I'd like you to elect a spokesperson who can explain (using graphs and stats) how all this retagging has helped the site.

Until then, I think you should stop.


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