I'd like to help deal with many of the bad tags on Programmers, but I'm not sure how to deal with them properly. What should I keep in mind as I work through a bad tag?
We're trying to come up with a structured way to deal with the bad tags through the Structured Tag Cleanup initiative, but in the meantime, if you want to help with tag cleanups, the golden rule is:
Only make substantial edits to questions.
To that end, these things are helpful:
- Retagging new questions asked that have bad tags
- Substantively revising a question to address multiple issues, from bad tags to bad titles to copyediting issues
- Small spurts of edits (5 or so) to prevent the front page from being flooded with old content
- Proposing tag merges and synonyms here on meta
- Voting to close questions in bad tags that have slipped through the cracks
- Flagging closed questions in bad tags that have no chance of getting reopened for deletion
- "Heroic" edits on closed questions in bad tags to attempt to get them re-opened
This is not helpful:
- Mass retagging in a short period of time
- Retagging questions without doing anything else
- Retagging closed questions that have no chance of ever getting opened again
- Retagging questions and replacing bad tags with even worse ones
Definitely check out the Structured Tag Cleanup proposal, but otherwise, please try to keep the above in mind if you've got an urge to clean up some tags.