I've arbitrarily retagged six posts tagged "verb" to "verbs" since there were nine posts tagged with "verbs". Tag explosion is happening and taming is required????

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Tag explosion is not happening, not yet anyway. You can blame me for the verbs/verb tags. There was an ongoing retagging from verbs to verb; see this for background: Should we prefer singular or plural in tags? (Please participate in that question by voting or adding answers!)

As to why I didn't retag all of them at once while at it: well, obviously it's boring as hell, and humans are not made for this kind of work (and I don't have access to automated retag tools). So I started doing it in small batches. (Yes, I know the number of uses was not that big :-)

And even though the OP of this question (Shinto Sherlock) reverted the retagging that I started, we should do it again, unless plural comes out as the winner in the afore-linked-to question.

  • No, no ask them to do it automatically.
    – delete
    Commented Aug 22, 2010 at 12:25
  • @Shinto: Ah, well, yes. If we can get the attention of someone who can batch retag, that's the best option.
    – Jonik
    Commented Aug 22, 2010 at 15:02
  • @Jonik: Go and ask on meta.stackoverflow.com or send an email to Robert Cartiano, etc.
    – delete
    Commented Aug 23, 2010 at 2:30
  • @Shinto: Ok; I asked Robert.
    – Jonik
    Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 17:53
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    Retag to what, though? I can only find one vote on the entire issue. Go to this post to nominate some provisional moderators! Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 22:30
  • @Robert, the last I looked singular was the sole option with any support and it was already used for nearly every other tag than verbs. (Thanks for retagging btw!) But plural seems to have gained support recently, so let's see what we ultimately go with...
    – Jonik
    Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 14:39

Sounds like a case for tag synonyms. Of course, with only 9 users above the required 1000 reputation, it might not be easy to get things done -- maybe the threshold should be lowered during beta?

In any case, I think the best option is to post here on Meta before a mass retagging. If enough people approve, it can be retagged and get a synonym. I'm sure moderators pass through here now and then to do the dirty work if there aren't enough regular users to do it.

  • I'm pretty sure that the retag rep threshold is lower during beta. I know that I retagged things before I hit 1K rep. Commented Aug 20, 2010 at 15:41
  • I'm in the 400s and am retagging fiendishly. Commented Aug 20, 2010 at 16:41
  • Umm, is there a "tag synonym" feature in SE software nowadays? Can you point me to a relevant meta discussion or something?
    – Jonik
    Commented Aug 20, 2010 at 18:01
  • If such an alias/synonym feature exists, sure, set it up for verb/verbs! As for which one we should use, it depends on the outcome of meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/72/… (I don't see why verb/verbs should be dealt with individually when it's clearly a more common issue.)
    – Jonik
    Commented Aug 20, 2010 at 18:05
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    @Jonik: Just look at the new "Info" tab for any tag. ( example )
    – mmyers
    Commented Aug 22, 2010 at 7:39
  • @Jonik: See meta.english.stackexchange.com/tags/discussion/info, for example.
    – apaderno
    Commented Aug 25, 2010 at 18:20

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