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?


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. $\endgroup$ – ymb1 Oct 18 '18 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 '18 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 '18 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. $\endgroup$ – David Richerby Oct 22 '18 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 '18 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 '18 at 21:01

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