The edit review queue on Stack Overflow (and possibly other sites) is regularly filled up by users on retagging sprees.

Retagging is not necessarily bad, but retagging sprees are a bit of a problem.
Sometimes, it's a user trying to gain lots of rep the cheap way. Other times, it's users who genuinely believe they are doing the right thing... only to be called out on Meta, and finding out that people have denounced their actions behind their backs.
Meanwhile, the reviewers burn through review slots that are also needed to judge more involved edits.
Also, retagging bumps questions to the front page, flooding it and drowning out newer questions.

My suggestion is that if a user suggests several edits (say 3 edits within 5 minutes) that consist only of the same retag, a warning is given. Not unlike the warning users get after an edit has been rejected.

The warning could, for example, read:

You've been making edits that consist only of changing tags. Before you continue, make sure that there is consensus on [link to per-site meta] that these retags are needed.

  • If they're only editing the tag then why not just block them, you know they're not being helpful at that point.
    – Servy
    Apr 21, 2016 at 18:09
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    @Servy Let's give them a warning first. If the retagging is deemed bad and the editor won't listen, then mods can impose an edit suspension. Apr 21, 2016 at 18:18
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    You did notice that the SOCVR room leave a precautionary comment on meta posts that probably set these sprees into motion? Example here
    – rene
    Apr 21, 2016 at 18:37
  • @rene I've seen Tunaki's comment a number of times. But it advises against retagging sprees. Apr 21, 2016 at 18:42
  • Yes, that comment was made a bit stronger when we got feedback on MSO.
    – rene
    Apr 21, 2016 at 18:45
  • Problem of the site, not of the user.
    – pfnuesel
    Apr 22, 2016 at 6:29
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    @pfnuesel Which is why I'm suggesting a change to the site. Even mass retags are sometimes useful. But the editor should have meta consensus first. Apr 22, 2016 at 6:40


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