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Retagging through suggested edits

On stackoverflow.com, I submitted an edit to the approval queue and then went back to add a tag. I have nearly 1k rep, so more than enough to edit tags. Later I noticed that I got +4 rep for 2 "approved" edits on that question.

Should Stack Exchange have detected that I only changed the tags, and let the edit go through without approval? (and without the +2 rep?) Or do all tag edits need to be peer reviewed until a user has full edit privileges? (if that's the case, the retag 100% in my /privileges screen should be removed)

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  • I think detecting tag only edits - while possible - wouldn't really be worth the effort. You just have to remember to hit the retag option rather than the edit link.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Feb 24, 2011 at 8:48
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    @ChrisF, that might well be, and I'm fine with that. But I can't imagine it being more than a few lines of code. ;-) OTOH, I kind of like having the option of a peer-reviewed tag edit in case I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing.
    – mpontillo
    Feb 24, 2011 at 9:14
  • I've just tried this on Webmasters where I don't have edit rights and as long as I hit the retag link the change went through without needed review.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Feb 24, 2011 at 9:22
  • This was asked before need to find the question
    – waffles
    Feb 24, 2011 at 9:26
  • @waffles Did you mean this one?
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Feb 24, 2011 at 12:41
  • I would say that the best solution is for the retag rep to be "detected" and tag-only edits not submitted to the approval queue. However, if the user has submitted very few retags (under some limit?) perhaps tag edits should be submitted for review anyway, but take effect immediately? That way you get that second pair of eyes, if I'm a noob editor.
    – mpontillo
    Feb 24, 2011 at 17:13

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