One thing that I've noticed with StackOverflow is organization is a big priority of the site, however there is little incentive to retag items. There is a badge for the first retagging, however there is no incentive to continue.

My suggestion: This is very similar to the image tagging problem in computer vision. (Applying appropriate and correct tags to large collections of images). This was solved by using the ESP Game and comparing the results of the tags with others' reactions. Google uses this to tag images.

I think this would be pretty cool, and would solve the issue with organization and tags.

  • +1 for "incentivize", but I don't think we need a special game. Just make badges and let people retag as part of their normal activity on a site. Commented May 3, 2013 at 22:17
  • Retagging is now just another way to edit. As a sub-2000 rep user (on StackOverflow) I can only suggest edits. Lately I have suggested some retags -- when accepted, I get 2 points each. But I guess once I cross the 2000 threshold I will be allowed to make edits, but I won't get points for it.
    – yoyo
    Commented Mar 27, 2015 at 3:28

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I just tried that Google game. It's quite fun! I think this sounds like a great idea!

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    You also aided google in indexing their photos!
    – monksy
    Commented Oct 31, 2009 at 10:37

There is another badge for retagging.

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    Thats for edits only. (Which requires a high reputation)
    – monksy
    Commented Oct 31, 2009 at 10:36
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    @steven: it was established a back while that retagging is editing in the eyes of the system.
    – perbert
    Commented Oct 31, 2009 at 18:06
  • I had no idea that it counted.
    – monksy
    Commented Oct 31, 2009 at 21:26
  • I thought that tag-edits don't count towards S+W??? Commented Dec 2, 2009 at 12:03
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    @Marc - I've seen both statements, so I don't know which is correct any more.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Dec 2, 2009 at 12:37
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    @ChrisF: May be Jeff could chime in on this one?
    – perbert
    Commented Dec 3, 2009 at 13:12

Badges aren't really much of an incentive here, rep is king.

(In fact, I've seen people get flamed for targetting a badge with a question, lol!)

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    Haha, how so? Asking a trick question and answering it himself?
    – o.k.w
    Commented Oct 31, 2009 at 0:11

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