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Do 23,000+ Tags Need Tag Database Editorstags need tag database editors?

IIn 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 "visualstudio", "visual-studio", "visual+studio" could be combined.
  • Word Variations: reference, referencing, references
  • Obvious user error: the tag "best practices" becomes two - "best" and "practices"
  • Obsolete or tags made irrelevant: visualstudio2010beta1

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.

Do 23,000+ Tags Need Tag Database Editors?

I 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 "visualstudio", "visual-studio", "visual+studio" could be combined.
  • Word Variations: reference, referencing, references
  • Obvious user error: the tag "best practices" becomes two - "best" and "practices"
  • Obsolete or tags made irrelevant: visualstudio2010beta1

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.

Do 23,000+ tags need tag database editors?

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 "visualstudio", "visual-studio", "visual+studio" could be combined.
  • Word Variations: reference, referencing, references
  • Obvious user error: the tag "best practices" becomes two - "best" and "practices"
  • Obsolete or tags made irrelevant: visualstudio2010beta1

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.

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