There have been a couple days now when at around the same time, a certain user has been going through old posts marked with the 'probability' tag and editing them to add irrelevant tags, most commonly changing 'probability' to 'probability-theory' when it is not necessary and adding the tag 'coin-flipping', a tag which does not really add any insight into the mathematical content of the post. I have attempted to report this user to moderators by flagging some posts the user has edited for moderator attention, but as of today, the user continues to fill the review edits queue with superfluous tag edits. Is there a way of preventing this user from doing so many edits or a better way of flagging the user for moderator attention?

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    $\begingroup$ Sounds like a badge-hunter. While bearing a diamond badge-hunters have nearly replaced rep-farmers as the pet peeve of mine. Good to have a discussion about what to do with such users, because otherwise I may overreact. Some of them do tidy up the site, some others... $\endgroup$ Dec 4, 2015 at 6:25
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    $\begingroup$ I dunno. As long as the tag is mathematically relevant, then I do not see the harm. By "relevant," I mean that someone searching for the question/answer could do so using the tag. OTOH, if someone desperate for a badge is deleting perfectly good tags and replacing them with ridiculous ones, then we have a serious problem. $\endgroup$
    – Ron Gordon
    Dec 4, 2015 at 8:05
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    $\begingroup$ It looks like someone just coined the coin-flipping tag and started adding it to questions. I don't see how that helps anyone else. I do admit that it may be overreacting from my side to assume that the tag was invented for the sole purpose of earning a taxonomist badge. Waiting for more opinions before I act. $\endgroup$ Dec 4, 2015 at 8:12
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    $\begingroup$ @RonGordon probability and probability-theory are mutually exclusive. One is for elementary questions, the other for advanced ones. ( ( (Yes, the names could be better.) So the tags are not correct here. $\endgroup$ Dec 4, 2015 at 8:20
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    $\begingroup$ My fault. They didn't do anything yesterday, so I thought/hoped it was a one-off and a message was unnecessary. $\endgroup$ Dec 4, 2015 at 9:31
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    $\begingroup$ @Jyrki: We could flip a coin about that. :-) $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Dec 4, 2015 at 11:08
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    $\begingroup$ If we are talking suggested edits, then if several of the user´s edits are rejected, they will not be able to suggest edits for some time. $\endgroup$ Dec 4, 2015 at 12:36
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    $\begingroup$ Did you also inform the user? One can comment notify editors of a post; even though they are not suggested in autocomplete. Thus, one can right away leave a comment telling the editor that these edits should not be done. They may be receptive to this, if not one can still escalate. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Dec 4, 2015 at 13:25
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    $\begingroup$ @quid Thank you, I will try that next time. $\endgroup$ Dec 4, 2015 at 14:23
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, I tried several weeks ago to tell them that it pushes recent questions and answers off of the main page (this happened to something I had answered shortly before their spree, at the time). They apologized but obviously didn't care. This was a Borel-Cantelli retagging spree, if I recall. $\endgroup$
    – pjs36
    Dec 4, 2015 at 17:08
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    $\begingroup$ IMHO, one should simply stop giving rep (or whatever reward) to edition of old posts. This stop people from hunting down old posts for rep/badge. People who edit old posts for a proper reason won't care about those reward in the first place. $\endgroup$ Dec 5, 2015 at 9:29
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    $\begingroup$ @achille: Also retire the Archaeologist badge, in that case, and the Taxonomist badge. Or perhaps combine them into a Taxidermist badge for manually editing a tag that you created to 50 posts inactive for six months or more; also it comes with a 30 days suspension. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Dec 5, 2015 at 15:44
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    $\begingroup$ @AlecTeal Regardless of whether the 'coin-flipping' tag should exist or not, the user in question has been adding it to every post tagged 'probability'. $\endgroup$ Dec 5, 2015 at 19:39
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    $\begingroup$ I know the user, yesterday (Dec. 8) I had a flurry of edits of his in the edit review queue (tens of them). I lost my temper and after rejecting one of those I left him a comment (prefixed with his name, of course) asking him to stop doing meaningless edits. He immediately stopped. $\endgroup$
    – Alex M.
    Dec 9, 2015 at 18:43
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    $\begingroup$ @BCLC If you're talking about (coin-flipping), using the query mentioned here I get 8 question where you added that tag. It was added 17 times by another user. (I should add that this does not include the questions which have since been deleted.) $\endgroup$ May 5, 2021 at 10:27


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