Recently I have seen a few users that edit almost every question related to certain topics, adding what appears to be a "canned" series of tags, regardless of whether they apply to the question or not. For instance, editing all the ios questions and adding iphone, objective-c, ipad, etc.

Is there an accepted way of discouraging this behavior?

  • For which questions were the tags changed, old questions or new questions?
    – apaderno
    Jul 11, 2011 at 23:12
  • Both, but mostly new. But its Jul 11, 2011 at 23:32
  • In this edit, for instance, the ios tag was removed and iphone and objective-c added, though the question isn't particular to iphone nor about the objective c language. Jul 11, 2011 at 23:44
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    Argh! That's annoying. The number of questions that I've seen that apply only to either iPhone or iPad, instead of iOS, is minuscule, and yet some people insist on applying iPhone to questions where it's irrelevant.
    – jscs
    Jul 12, 2011 at 0:11
  • I'd suggest flagging for a moderator, but I'm not totally sure what they'd even be able to do about it. +1 for a good question
    – Brad Mace
    Jul 12, 2011 at 4:23
  • Are these suggested edits, or do the users responsible have tag editing privileges? Jul 12, 2011 at 5:16
  • @Cody On the latest example the user in question has enough rep to retag. Jul 12, 2011 at 11:42

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If it's a pattern (rather than one or two instances of bad tagging) start flagging them for moderator attention when you roll back the edit so that moderators may attempt some gentle user education.

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