Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 155 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

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.

share|improve this question
    
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 – juanformoso Jul 19 '10 at 14:45
    
@Juan meta.gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/517/…. 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
1  
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
1  
@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 – juanformoso Jul 20 '10 at 23:04
up vote 6 down vote accepted

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.)

share|improve this answer
    
@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
2  
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
2  
@Gno: Does his name begins with "Gno"? – Ladybug Killer Jul 19 '10 at 15:34
2  
@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

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .