We already have general guidelines for when you should just ask a moderator for help in retagging. A system for handling soft retags is already proposed, as well.
The first will not help with large tag counts that usually require hand-sorting. Examples would be any of the general "version number" tags that lack what they are a version of (such as [2.0] and ). And until the latter is implemented (or any similar system for reducing this impact), the only method to tackle humongous hand-sorted retag jobs will bump a great many of them to the front page.
So I'm coming close to finishing my survey of the ambiguous [language] tag. I haven't taken any action, and instead I've keeping a notepad that groups together posts that would have the same retag associated with it (like [language] -> [rtl] or [language] -> [language-design]). It is also divided between indisputable retags (no question that the retag is appropriate) and disputable retags (I'm unsure if it is technically proper). Once I finish this listing, I'm not sure what to do, though. I bring up [language] but I'm asking that in general, for extremely large hand-sorted retagging jobs:
- Should I post the listing on Meta for review before taking any action? Should the listing only include posts that require further thought on retagging, or should the indisputable retags also be included?
- Should I pursue the retagging as an individual, or rally help from other retaggers to handle it?
- Should I increase the number of retags I do per day for this? Normally I only do around 6-36 retags during low-activity hours. Since the job is particularly large, should I continue at the high end of this rate and spend about 2 months, or would it be preferable to the community that the job is completed at a quicker rate (but still over the course of several days or weeks)? I don't mind taking as long as needed.
- Would it be wise to target all of the smaller classes of tags first, eventually narrowing down the tag to only one possible option, and flag a moderator to merge the last group all into the one destination tag?
- Instead of taking any action, should I just silently hold onto the notepad and wait until a soft retag system is implemented before doing anything?
The following questions are about how much content should be contained within a single post for this kind of listing, assuming that each separate post covers at least 20 tagged questions
- Should tag naming disputes be brought up as part of the listing, or in a separate question? An example of a tag naming dispute is what I brought up here.
- Should retag merging for some of the destination tags (e.g. [scripting-languages], [scripting-language], [script-language]) be brought up as a separate question prior to the listing, or as part of the listing itself?
- A third class of division I recently recategorized my notepad with is "Is this tag even appropriate/necessary here?", for cases where the target tag already exists or I honestly don't believe any destination tag is necessary for that question and the tag should just be removed. Should these be part of the listing or brought up in a separate question?