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CHAOS members have (had?) the ability to edit posts without bumping:

Because they are doing so many edits at once, CHAOS operates in a special mode where editing a title does not bump it to the home page.

I moderate at Writers.SE, and I can attest that this ability would be extremely beneficial to mods as well, and for the same reasons. On beta sites, wide-ranging changes are not infrequent. An established tag might be ruled problematic; a certain class of questions might need cleanup; etc. etc.. When this happens, the ensuing edits flood the front page with old content (frequently the somewhat problematic content the new change has come to address...). Furthermore, since beta sites are much less active than established ones, this flood can drown out recent activity, and then wallow around on the front page for some time.

I propose, then, the implementation of a moderator tool for editing without bumping. The value to beta sites is clear; the danger of abuse, as a mod tool, is nonexistent.

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There's a [bump] tag? –  BoltClock's a Unicorn May 5 '12 at 18:00
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@BoltClock'saUnicorn: Yes. And every time you use it, it gets placed first on the tag list! –  Ziv May 5 '12 at 18:01
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"The value to beta sites is clear; the danger of abuse, as a mod tool, is nonexistent" - The team feels that that's untrue –  Tim Stone May 5 '12 at 18:07
    
I'd asked balpha about this before. He strongly declined, saying that it has been done only twice(both SE employee related) and will not be done unless the need is extremely pressing (and only for SE employees). Heck, on Phy.SE we have to retag a few thousand questions due to the merger--and ninja edits were declined. –  Manishearth May 5 '12 at 18:07
    
You can dp what I did here meta.physics.stackexchange.com/questions/1166/tag-cleanup-light though.. –  Manishearth May 5 '12 at 18:10
    
@TimStone: Thanks for the chat link. I'll keep my hopes low. :) I'd still like to hear responses, even if it's a decline. –  Ziv May 5 '12 at 18:37

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