In less than one year, StackOverflow has accumulated 23,305 tags (as of this post).
Should higher-end moderators have an interface to rename, combine, and delete tags at the database level (i.e. beyond editing individual messages)?
Most changes would be fairly obvious:
- Formatting inconsistencies like "
visual+studio" could be combined.
- Word Variations:
- Obvious user error: the tag "
best practices" becomes two - "
best" and "
- Obsolete or tags made irrelevant:
There will always be the fringe cases and judgment calls. If a proposed change is that controversial, it could be discussed here (meta.SO), where appropriate.
Maintaining a completely sanitized tag cloud is difficult to impossible. I'm not even suggesting that. But there might be a place for a bit of routine maintenance and sanity checking. This is best done on an on-going basis rather than all at once.