The title pretty much says it all.

I think the work of fixing improperly-tagged questions is important, and often a particular user will take it upon him/herself to add/remove tags from a series of questions. This is good. But it does lead to stuff like today:

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The "active" questions list is dominated by old, answered questions which are only present because they're being re-tagged. So thank you to @RosieF for doing this work, but is there any way to keep tag-only edits out of the active list?

  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately, I think the answer to your question is, "No." $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 21:15
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    $\begingroup$ I've started a bounty on a meta question exactly on this topic. $\endgroup$
    – user20
    Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 21:57
  • $\begingroup$ @Emrakul Good idea, thanks! (It's all right for some, with their masses of rep on main meta ... :-P ) $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 22:05
  • $\begingroup$ @rand can't stop won't stop $\endgroup$
    – user20
    Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 22:12
  • $\begingroup$ @Emrakul Thanks! That would seem to be a plausible and potentially implementable feature. I think the comment on that Meta post is relevant here: smaller SE sites that have slower question turnover are more affected by these bumps. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 16, 2016 at 2:24

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Sorry, but it's pretty much as simple as that. See It should be possible to retag a question without bumping it to the front page, a feature request on main meta which has never been implemented.

The only special cases are:

  • tag merging (mod-only) - a stronger form of synonymisation. If tag X is merged with tag Y, then all questions tagged X are automatically retagged Y instead.

  • burnination (CM-only) - getting rid of a tag completely. If tag X is burninated, it disappears from all questions, and questions tagged only with X become .

Neither of these can be done by 'mortal' users, so if you want tags merged or burninated, you need to propose it on meta and get a consensus. More importantly, most retagging operations can't be achieved using these means. E.g. if there's a bunch of questions tagged which should really be , then you have to do it by hand, since both these tags should exist separately.


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