I recently reached the point where I could start retagging, and I've noticed this: a lot of the retagging is incredibly formulaic. Things like replacing 'xp' with 'windows-xp'. In each case I make the retag by comparing the number of existing tags in the possible categories (e.g. 'thread' vs 'threads' vs 'threading'). It's not a complicated algorithm I'm applying...
So I was thinking: this seems like the ideal job for a bot. Wikipedia has a number of such bots that perform similar generic 'hygeine' tasks with respect to categories, wikipedia policy, etc. Note also that cleaning up tags is almost completely outside the site reward system (1 badge, no rep), so there is no incentive other than compulsive orderliness (which I freely admit) to drive this user behaviour.
- Has anyone thought about implementing something like this?
- Is there a compelling argument against such a bot?