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Who gets credit for creating a tag that was created by a moderator's behind-the-scenes retag? Is it the same between if the tag actually was new versus the tag was empty?

It's not a strict retag action like non-moderators do, so I don't know if the moderator gets attributed. And on the Gaming site, I recently earned the Taxonomist badge for the [game-rec] tag, despite myself only having created its predecessor [game-recommendations] during the private Beta. Jeff did the time warp (again) to revise the tag's name, which appears to have shifted the attribution to me. I don't know if Jeff's chronomanipulatory abilities are the same as what normal diamonds can accomplish with their tool, so it made me curious what happens in the diamond moderator version.

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On that note, that badge is probably the only badge I have ever earned which has actually depressed me. Not even Tumbleweed was depressing. – Grace Note Jul 19 '10 at 14:42
btw, I disagree with that rename, game-rec sounds to me like "recording", but that's a topic for gaming meta – juan Jul 19 '10 at 14:45
@Juan…. The confusion with recording was also brought up when I created the first rendition of the monster. – Grace Note Jul 19 '10 at 14:48
Follow-up question: Does anyone know if Taxonomist is a one-time-only badge? It seems like it should be awarded for each tag you create, but I can't seem to find anyone who has more than one. – Bill the Lizard Jul 19 '10 at 15:24
@Bill: I always thought it is one time only. The badge description also does not mention "multiple times". If you have showed that you're a taxonomist, you are one, period. – Ladybug Killer Jul 19 '10 at 15:31
I always thought you'd get one for every tag you created (that qualifies) @bill @lady – juan Jul 20 '10 at 23:04
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If we do a retag where we're merging two tags that already exist, the original person who created the target tag gets the credit.

If a tag doesn't exist and we create it then do a merge with that tag as a target, we get the credit for creating it, resulting in a Taxonomist badge being awarded. (This is how I got mine on SO.)

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@Ladybug Killer: I didn't do it on purpose, I swear. :) Honestly though, I do feel bad about being awarded such a hard-to-get badge in that way. Not everyone has that opportunity, so it really isn't fair. I wouldn't object if it were removed. – Bill the Lizard Jul 19 '10 at 15:32
And if you accidentally wipe out a famous tag by renaming it with a typo (wanting originally to get rid of the typo), you have to create it again, and do the opposite rename. It gives you the taxonomist tag too. I know a guy this happened to, recently. – Gnoupi Jul 19 '10 at 15:33
@Gno: Does his name begins with "Gno"? – Ladybug Killer Jul 19 '10 at 15:34
@Lady - I have no idea what you're talking about. – Gnoupi Jul 19 '10 at 15:34
Hah, I actually remember the retag-request which probably earned you that badge. – Grace Note Jul 19 '10 at 15:34
@upi: I take that as "YES!" – Ladybug Killer Jul 19 '10 at 15:35

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