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....
Tags should help in finding information.
If a certain tag on a question would help finding information presented in one of it answers, then the tag itself would be useful.
Of course, if a question attracts 32 answers from all domains of mathematics... well, good sense is always good to have! :)
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 ...
See our new tag completion, which, crucially, shows the relevant tag wiki excerpt at the time of tag selection!
So, make sure those tag wiki excerpts explain what the tag is for, and hopefully this can help guide new users toward seleting the correct tag.
(additional guidance on editing tag wikis and excerpts is available on the blog, too.)
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 ...
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 text is already corrected at the source wiki on MSO (https://meta.stackoverflow.com/privileges/retag-questions). It should be synced to the privileges page at this site, but I'm not sure how often that happens. There is likely a manual process to push the changes to all sites, I've asked someone from SE to check on this.
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
Any major retagging event should be coordinated here, on Meta, because:
This leaves a record of the reasoning behind the mass-retagging, and provides a venue for other users to discuss, dispute, or volunteer to participate in it.
...provides a heads-up for moderators, so that they can help out (by merging tags when possible, or by simply retagging along ...
The order of the tags is determined automatically, ranked from highest to lowest "popularity" (which, I would guess, is probably just the number of questions already asked in that tag).
If you're not positive which tags apply to a question, I'd err (slightly) on the side of more tags than fewer; but there's a built-in minimum of 1 tag and maximum of 5 tags ...
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.
Generally, I agree with what's been said, but there is one thing to keep in mind, which I think is best summarized by a comment on this question:
tagging this question cauchy-sequences is about as useful as tagging the question "What's the best color for a Porsche?" as combustion-engine.
(I tag-ified the tags in the quote here, as the tag-link syntax was ...
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 ...
The post is locked which also prevents editing. This is by design and not a bug.
The post is locked because it was closed after being migrated. Closing the question rejects the migration and locks the post. While this can be somewhat annoying, all other possible options to deal with this can lead to even more annoying situations. You don't want to have two ...
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 ...
Edits take longer, and hopefully more thought, than retagging, and so are less likely to be done en masse. If this is the case, it would seem that retagging sprees cause most of the flooding of the front page.
It might be nice to have an option (e.g. selectable in the profile or on the questions page) that would order posts on the questions page without ...
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: