This question is prompted by the creation of the and its addition to a few old questions.

This has raised a few eyebrows, since the actions basically swamped the homepage for a while. (This is the result of the edits mixed with the fact that we don't have a huge amount of traffic, meaning that edited posts tend to stay on the homepage for a while)
Moreover, some think that the tag might not be useful/necessary.

So, this brings us to the question: as a community, what is the preferred way in which we would like users to proceed, if they think a new tag is needed on several old questions?


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Personal opinion follows.

given our traffic volume, we had already in the past issues with users swamping the homepage with edits, effectively hiding new questions.

For this I propose that:

  • we should not accept more than 2-3 edits in a row (this is easily spotted on the main page, as the editor nickname appears next to the question)
  • new tags should be first discussed on meta, to avoid edit wars between people that think the tags are useful and people that think the opposite.
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    $\begingroup$ I'm with you, with just one addition that doesn't warrant me posting a separate answer. Discuss the new tag in chat first, as there's more traffic there than here. And 2-3 edits per day is already the established etiquette as far as I know. $\endgroup$
    – user14897
    Oct 18, 2018 at 13:50
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    $\begingroup$ @ymb1 or for better effect, create the post on the meta first, then promote the link on the chat. $\endgroup$
    – Andrew T.
    Oct 19, 2018 at 7:42
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    $\begingroup$ @ymb1 I think meta is better than chat for this. Chat tends to hide the topic after some discussion, and not everyone is around all day. Meta has a broader audience, as well as making the topic stay. $\endgroup$
    – kevin
    Oct 19, 2018 at 14:23
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    $\begingroup$ Definitely meta, not chat for the main proposals. Of course, people are welcome to chat about anything they want and chat can be a great place to hash out ideas before posting them here. $\endgroup$ Oct 22, 2018 at 15:47
  • $\begingroup$ By "2-3 edits in a row", do you mean generally, or "edits under 2-3 unique questions in a row"? The latter is what appears as 2-3 edits in the homepage... maybe it's too late to ask this now. :P $\endgroup$
    – EKons
    Oct 31, 2018 at 20:01
  • $\begingroup$ @EKons no, it is not too late. I'd hope that a person would not start editing multiple times the same post, so I am referring to 2-3 questions being edited. $\endgroup$
    – Federico
    Oct 31, 2018 at 21:01

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