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I was browsing the front page and noticed that the first 20ish questions were all old questions, edited to include the newly created tag.

I was under the impression that there was some limit to editing tags in this way? I don't feel that this is productive to the site's usability.

It seems from a brief meta review that this seems to be the community consensus as well.

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    $\begingroup$ What exactly is the point of this meta post? What do you want to discuss? $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Aug 9 '20 at 13:58
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    $\begingroup$ @quid I was wondering whether this had somehow become permissible behavior, and if not, how should it be handled? $\endgroup$ Aug 9 '20 at 13:59
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    $\begingroup$ The limit is agreed upon informally. You can inform the user by a comment (comment notification works for editors) that they might want to check the etiquette on editing multiple post or you can inform the moderators via a flag on an affected post. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Aug 9 '20 at 14:02
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    $\begingroup$ I have posted a related request originally on this meta and later on Meta Stack Exchange: Do not allow massive retagging by the tag-creator shortly after creation of a new tag. You can find several posts pointing out similar problems in this list. $\endgroup$ Aug 9 '20 at 14:20
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    $\begingroup$ Mea culpa. I have edited dozens of questions today. Ellipsoids aren't particularly special. $\endgroup$ Aug 9 '20 at 16:21
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    $\begingroup$ @RodrigodeAzevedo editing rather many posts in a shorter period of time can be seen as generally problematic. An issue sometimes not taken into account is a concentration of such activity on some tags can have more impact for users following that tag then one might expect. I also understand that if one has a bit of spare time to donate to the site to improve it, which is great, this might occur in blocks and result in a peak of activity. There is balance to be found, it is not clear where it is. I'd say one should strive not to have more than 3 to 5 posts on the frontpage at any given time. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Aug 9 '20 at 19:58
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    $\begingroup$ @RodrigodeAzevedo (Somehow orthogonal to the complaint here) There is another issue of editing too many posts too early: if the community decided that the new tag should better be removed, then that would be more jobs than necessary. I think there are several people taking a close look on new tags. It would be great if you can wait for (e.g.) a week before massive retagging. $\endgroup$ Aug 9 '20 at 20:19
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    $\begingroup$ @RodrigodeAzevedo 20ish is more than a few. $\endgroup$
    – amWhy
    Aug 9 '20 at 21:08
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    $\begingroup$ @gen-zreadytoperish things like that are proposed often, yet it is not really desirable that such edits pass unnoticed. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Aug 10 '20 at 15:03
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    $\begingroup$ @RodrigodeAzevedo I care a lot, as it means that questions that were asked more recently get buried. I had to dig through more than 3 pages of questions to find a new question at the time of your edits. That is not good. $\endgroup$ Aug 10 '20 at 21:32
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    $\begingroup$ @RodrigodeAzevedo I haven't described any mayhem. I keep a pseudonym since I've been doxxed on this site previously. I don't appreciate the condescension. You are getting this feedback because your edits are public. $\endgroup$ Aug 10 '20 at 21:47
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    $\begingroup$ @RodrigodeAzevedo I don't understand why you are so fired up about this. This thread has clearly shown a decent amount of active MSE users found your editing somewhat problematic in nature, and you continue to deny the effects of said edits. In doing so, you are picking fights with several users in this thread. What do you seek to gain from this? $\endgroup$ Aug 10 '20 at 21:51
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    $\begingroup$ @RodrigodeAzevedo recently it seems the front page has numerous old questions bumped there due to edits, often tag edits from you. It is considered bad etiquette to make trivial edits to a question because, as an answer to meta question 23056 says, a trivial edit "creates noise on the front page, and it is unfair to the other users whose questions (or the questions which they answered) are pushed from the front page by the bumps." Perhaps an edit tag is not trivial, but since you now know that tag edits bump a question to the front page, please keep the bump effect in mind when editing. $\endgroup$
    – KCd
    Aug 10 '20 at 22:53
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    $\begingroup$ @mjw I think we do not need an "ellipsoids" tag on meta... $\endgroup$ Aug 11 '20 at 19:42
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    $\begingroup$ @ArcticChar Next week: Too many meta-ellipsoid questions bumped to the first page :P $\endgroup$ Aug 11 '20 at 20:09

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