I, for one, have never had that thought cross my mind.
If one sees a question in need of retagging, I encourage anyone capable to retag it; regardless of whether or not you've answered the question. To me, it's more important to have properly organized questions than to keep someone from earning a badge.
That said--this only applies to appropriate retags....
The proposal was fine. By now a moderator changed the tag. Also note that there was one positive review too. (It was declined 2 vs 1.)
It's hard to know what exactly happened. Maybe the reviewers disagreed that changing the tag is relevant enough for an edit (in my opinion, it is, at least in clear cases like this). Or maybe they did not realize that ...
The rule is not to do too many retags at the same time (where three to five is a rule of thumb). This was respected by the retagger as they did four and then stopped.
As you mention correctly for smaller tags it can still be an issue.
Of course retagging poorly should always be avoided but it is harder to have a simple guideline there (I did not check the ...
If too many questions (say 20) have to be edited, you can split the editing in separated period of time so that the main site is not disturbed. Other than that I see no problem.
ADD Just looking at main it seems you didn't really over do it.
Answerers have just spent time thinking about a question, and the question is bumped by the answer regardless of tagging, so it seems like a nearly optimal way to improve the tags on a question.
I retag after many answers, and was surprised to read that
this might be construed as an effort to get more reputation in some tags and thus get closer to ...
The tag riesz-representation-theorem was created a few days ago. The tag creator added almost immediately after the creation above 60 questions to that tag. And it seems that he continues in his retagging efforts in relatively large batches.
You might notice that you won't see those questions if you choose newest rather than active tab. And if you display ...
I've seen a couple of your edits where you removed clearly misused tag — IMO that was perfectly reasonable and useful thing to do.
Just don't edit too many old question in a short period of time. (We have a lot of question now — so about 10 question a day is definitely OK, I think.)
Questions that come from contests should give a source. MSE has relatively strict policy on questions from ongoing contests, and clearly citing your source helps to ensure that you won't run afoul of that policy. A source for a problem also adds valuable context–it gives answers some idea of what the motivation for the problem is, and can give a sense of ...
Since it seems you only did five at once, this is alright; had you done fifty it would have been annoying.
Generally, edits, also minor ones, are fine. One should only not do too many in a short time-interval.
I think the following proposal addresses all points:
Blacklist the tag [graph]. Put an entry in the tag-wiki indicating to consider either [graph-theory] or [graphing].
Make [plot] and [plotting] into synonyms for [graphing].
If people want it, also add [function-graph] to cover questions like this one Martin Sleziak found which ask about the graph of a ...
The description of retagging on this site is out of date. Compare:
https://stackoverflow.com/privileges/retag-questions (up to date)
Background reading: Kill the Retag option, use just Edit
It is possible to do. It would be a good thing to do. And you can help by suggesting edits that change the tags of incorrectly tagged proof-theory questions.
Don't edit too many questions at once. Whenever I have done batches of edits in the past I have tried to ensure that only one or two of my edited questions appears on the front page at ...
I think the reasons given to potentially remove the univalent-foundations tag are misguided.
There is good reason not to have a tag for too specific [concepts]
I would argue that in some cases there are very good reasons to have tags for specific concepts. In fact, I believe that at times these are better tags than many of our broader ones. Certain ...
There is a dedicated way to delete tags without bumping, the jargon for this is 'burninate.'
It is just that this functionality is not exposed to users and per site moderators, only SE staff can do it.
This restriction is intentional, and I do not think we should introduce something that basically only works around this intentionally imposed restriction. ...
I have renamed (graph) to (graphing-functions), the highest voted of the suggested targets.
There are still some questions in graphing-functions that are not quite using the tag in this more restricted sense. Please help us retag them!
Also, we still need to come to a conclusion about how to tag question about graphs as the subset of $D\times R$ for $f:D\...
Related meta.SE post: Has edit functionality changed? I cannot edit just tags
Based on that post it seems that it is an occasional bug (the cause is not identified in the linked thread), but usually the suggested edit which only changes tags should be possible. Indeed, there can be found several recent suggested edits, here are a few random examples:
In my opinion it is not only OK, but desirable. I will not reiterate the things I already said in the linked question. But I will comment on the main argument towards keeping this tag alive: its usefulness.
While I agree what the tag is useful (every time the tag is used, it's something that belongs to a discrete mathematics course), its usefulness derives ...
This was too long for a comment. Sorry!
I find that plenty of (often quite old) MSE questions show up in search engines, questions whose tags could be improved - so I improve them and move on. For example, I might think an interesting & helpful (alternative) answer to some search-pertinent question might come from, say, Universal Algebra, but I happen ...
Ok, so I've posted two really dumb answers to this (deleted... 10k users, please don't look. :P). This one should be better.
This Data Explorer query I just wrote lists all the questions tagged with only self-learning or self-learning and at least one of the following:
...and not already tagged with ...