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There have been countless questions on the topic of question bumping to the main page for tag edits. I won't review or rehash any of that. Here are two suggestions I did not spot as having been made before.

  1. When a question is bumped for a tag-only edit, the current tags are plain to see on the question. Indicate on the question, by whatever means is compatible with the UI, that it is a tag-only edit bump. People can look at the question title, excerpt, tags, and editor name, and decide whether to open the question or ignore it.

    • Every visitor to the main page doesn't need to review the tag edit.
    • This would allow anyone who wanted to look at the question to do so with that additional context.
    • People who might not otherwise have bothered to open the question, might at least give the tags a sanity check based on the information on the main page.
    • People who want to focus on new posts and more substantive changes would have a mechanism for identifying items not important to them that they could skip.
    • Or, spotting that the tags had changed, the presence of a tag of interest could identify it as a question they might not have bothered to look at before.
  2. Have an alternate mechanism for low-risk, high-volume tag edits. Some tag cleanup is well organized in advance. The intended change is posted and discussed on the local meta site. Relevant questions are identified, and the retagging is done by moderators and trusted users, using the tag-edit feature that doesn't alter anything else in the question.

    In such cases, there is very low risk, and potential benefit to completing it quickly rather than in drips and drabs over a long time. If there absolutely needs to be some level of review, that can be done by an alternate mechanism rather than bumping all of it to the main page.

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  • @ElementsinSpace, That question also talks about the problem and makes some different suggestions, but it doesn't address the suggestions here. Not sure why you think it's a duplicate. There have been tons of questions on the general subject. I posted this because I believe what's in this question has not been suggested before. The only thing in the linked question that might be relevant is a comment that SE isn't likely to change the system.
    – fixer1234
    Nov 4 at 4:43
  • Yeah, sorry. You're right that it's not a duplicate, but I do think the long list of related questions is relevant. Nov 4 at 4:47
  • @ElementsinSpace, yeah, I'm not sure that list even includes everything. :-) Anybody who's been around for any length of time is familiar with the never-ending attempts to improve the problem, so I didn't want to create a really long post rehashing it all. I just did a search to see if this had been suggested before. So thanks for the link, it keeps it out of the question so the question can stay short and readable. :-)
    – fixer1234
    Nov 4 at 4:52

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How about we stop using the word "modified" and replace it with one or two words indicating what actually happened?

Seriously, this would solve a lot of problems. And I believe all the information is available to the system, so (I think) it wouldn't be too hard to implement.

Currently, the text next to the timestamp only has three different options: "asked", "answered", and "modified" and the last one is used for several actions, so you never know exactly which one it is unless you open the question. I propose replacing the word "modified" with more explicit statements (it can remain as a fallback option if needed). A complete* list would look something like this:

  • asked
  • answered
  • [question] edited
  • tags edited
  • answer edited
  • [question] reopened
  • bounty added
  • bumped

The word "question" here is optional. If we don't use it, the longest "new activity" description would be 13 characters (an increase of 5 characters from the current longest). I believe it's worth it.


* According to this answer, the only remaining action that bumps a question to the homepage is editing the duplicates list of said question. We could either keep using the word "modified" for that, or if someone could come up with a clever description, that would be great. The best I could think of is "dup-list edited".

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