I have read Is a tag edit substantial enough? but it is either out of date, or Stack Overflow has some added requirements.

I am trying to add a tag to a question on Stack Overflow because I feel the tag is needed and is an improvement over the generic tags on a question. When doing so, I click edit, then add the tag, but am told I can not submit my edit unless I change at least 10 characters. Is there a way to edit the tags without editing the text? The question is written fine, but the tags were written poorly.

I have about 1500 reputation on Stack Overflow in case that matters.


The 10 characters are needed in the edit summary. So you need, in the edit summary section, to explain in at least 10 characters why you edited the post.

I just added a tag to your question with no problems. You need the edit privilege in order to make these small edits without giving a summary (which I recommend you don't do). Source

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    To make this answer better it's worth to mention there was once a privilege gained at 500 rep, allowing users to change tags only without having this peer reviewed. – Shadow Wizard is Vaccinating Jan 14 '15 at 7:42
  • Maybe something's changed in the last 4 years. This answer isn't true anymore. If I add a tag to a question and say in the edit summary why I am doing it (size of edit summary: 77 characters), I still get a complaint "Edits must be at least 6 characters; is there something else to improve in this post?" pointing at the question itself. – BoarGules Jun 7 '17 at 15:29

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