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I have not reached 2000 in reputation yet but I have been told that the retag link is removed for 2k+ users (and reintroduced again at 10k, but in a different shape). It seems to me like it would be a good feature to keep even for 2k+ users as it is a lot smoother than having to see the whole edit page for the post if you just want to retag. As the retag functionality also bypasses the review queue it simply does not make any sense to remove it for 2k+ users.

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    It doesn't get removed.
    – Dennis
    Mar 13, 2013 at 0:37
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    @Dennis Yes it does
    – Doorknob
    Mar 13, 2013 at 0:38
  • @Doorknob: OK, I don' see it on SO, but I get edit tags on SU and here. Not sure why.
    – Dennis
    Mar 13, 2013 at 0:40
  • @Dennis That's odd. I only have 2k on SO so I can't confirm, but this is sounding like a [bug].
    – Doorknob
    Mar 13, 2013 at 0:41
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    And @ Daniel: 2ks can edit without going through the queue
    – Doorknob
    Mar 13, 2013 at 0:41
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    @Doorknob: Mystery solved. It appears when you reach 10k. (source)
    – Dennis
    Mar 13, 2013 at 0:43
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    @Doorknob: Yes, but there's a lot of extras on the edit pages, so that's why I think that the retag link still would be useful. Mar 13, 2013 at 0:43
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    @Dennis: Yes, it reappears at 10k but in a different shape which is just odd. This is what my feature request is about. Why does it have to go away between 2k and 10k? Mar 13, 2013 at 0:45
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    @DanielHedberg: At 2k (IIRC), there's no edit page. Inline editing is part of the privilege.
    – Dennis
    Mar 13, 2013 at 0:48

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The retag link is useful for users with at least 500 but less than 2000 reputation because of two reasons:

  • Clicking retag instead of edit bypasses the peer review.

  • The /edit?tagsonly=true page has information on how to retag, while the normal /edit page has information on how to edit, how to format, the peer review process and – of course – the Markdown preview.

Neither of the above is an advantage at 2000 rep, since you gain full edit privileges (i.e., no peer review) and the ability to edits posts inline. (screenshot)

Also, a close link gets added at 3000 rep, a delete link at 10k and a protect link at 15k. You could only delay the removal of the retag link, but not avoid it. There's simply not enough space.

Last but not least, having a retag link encourages retagging rather than editing the whole post. More often than not, an improperly tagged question has further problems.1


1 This could explain the edit tags button for 10k users, which should have learned to address all issues of a post at once.

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