A Community Member recently posted on Meta, asking about the appropriateness of editing solely to remove (inappropriate) tags.

The response was one of encouragement. However I'm noticing in the review queue that some of these tag-only edits are being rejected by (well-meaning) Reviewers who consider them "too minor".

Perhaps the Reviewers would be reassured to know the Community supports this activity, and that tag-only edits are not counted toward Editor/Strunk & White/Copy Editor badges, so this Activity is intended as a service and not a "badge hunting" symptom.

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    $\begingroup$ I suspect an interaction with the new "status bar" function of advising me (and others with the ability to approve Edits) of items pending review. $\endgroup$ – hardmath Dec 25 '13 at 14:14
  • $\begingroup$ Might this be related? meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/12111/… $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Dec 25 '13 at 16:37
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak That could be a factor in some cases, but the two reviews in front of me were tag-only edits from today of a 2 hour old and a 2 day old Question, resp. Probably should have made the recency issue part of my post... $\endgroup$ – hardmath Dec 25 '13 at 16:46
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    $\begingroup$ You may want to support the proposal to lower the requirement for retags. SE messed up retagging this year. In a ridiculous chain of events, an interface change (moving the capability of retag button to edit) led to policy change: retagging subjected to the same level of scrutiny as actual edits. $\endgroup$ – Post No Bulls Dec 25 '13 at 17:14
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    $\begingroup$ Retagging to remove inappropriate tags should be encouraged. Retagging to add an appropriate non-meta tag to a post with none should be encouraged. Retagging to add appropriate tags to a post that already has an appropriate non-meta tag requires more judgement. I wish the site distinguished between meta tags and others so posts would be required to have a non-meta tag. $\endgroup$ – dfeuer Dec 25 '13 at 18:52
  • $\begingroup$ @PostNoBills: Thanks for pointing out the connection. I'm of divided sympathies about equalized scrutiny for tag-only edits. It seems your Edit here narrowly avoided being a tag-only one by removing one of my question marks from the title. A double question mark was intended to convey mild astonishment about the standard "too minor" being applied, but I did intend there to be open discussion as well. $\endgroup$ – hardmath Dec 25 '13 at 18:52
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    $\begingroup$ It's possible that MSE experience conditioned me to associate repeated punctuation marks with low quality content. It is uncommon for meta posts to contain ??, and when they do, they are hardly worth reading. $\endgroup$ – Post No Bulls Dec 25 '13 at 19:05

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