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As far as I know, any tag that is only used once every 6 months is pruned automatically. If that tag was the only one left on a question, the question becomes and history of the previous tag, for good or evil, is lost.

Can we get a list of questions about to be orphaned, so that we can retag the question before it is too late?

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I wrote a SEDE query to determine which single-use tags will be deleted and when, and it also shows the only question using it and which tags it has. You could check this list once in a while and retag when necessary.

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(You originally requested this for Arqade, and tag pruning has been switched off there already but it could still be useful for other communities.)

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Can't we just let the community decide on retagging (appropriately, let's hope) questions based on context? They opened up the model nicely to allow anyone to edit anything, surely that can be of use.

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  • @MPelletier Obviously everyone can now edit; I just thought this would make for an okay 10k tool.
    – badp
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 12:19
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    @badp: And give all the OCD goods to 10Kers only? No, sir, I don't think so.
    – MPelletier
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 15:11
  • That being said, it's high time I join this club. I need to step up my answering, and let retagging go. If there was rep for retagging, I'd be up there with Jon Skeet.
    – MPelletier
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 15:13
  • @MPelletier Remember you can get +2 rep per approved suggested edit. PS: all the OCD goods are already 10kers only. That's the whole point of the 10k tools. :P
    – badp
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 15:14
  • @badp: But that doesn't cover tags, and after 2k, it's pointless since users have full editing privileges. Unless I'm gettint it wrong. That incentive will just make a whole lot of people bubble up to 2K and stall, IMO.
    – MPelletier
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 15:18
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    @MPellitier It covers tags up to the point where you can retag on your own. It covers posts up to the point where you can edit on your own. It covers tag wikis up to the point where you can edit those on your own. However, you need 500 edits to get 1k, after which suggested edits stop generating rep completely... I don't see anybody getting "rich" with suggested edits.
    – badp
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 15:40
  • @badp: I'm not suggesting they'd get "rich", as you say, just that I realize that the road from 0 to 2k is now a bit shorter, that's all.
    – MPelletier
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 17:49

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