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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 Aug 22 '10 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 Aug 22 '10 at 15:02
  • @Jonik: Go and ask on meta.stackoverflow.com or send an email to Robert Cartiano, etc. – delete Aug 23 '10 at 2:30
  • @Shinto: Ok; I asked Robert. – Jonik Aug 24 '10 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! – Robert Cartaino Aug 24 '10 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 Aug 26 '10 at 14:39
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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. – JSBձոգչ Aug 20 '10 at 15:41
  • I'm in the 400s and am retagging fiendishly. – J.T. Grimes Aug 20 '10 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 Aug 20 '10 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 Aug 20 '10 at 18:05
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    @Jonik: Just look at the new "Info" tab for any tag. ( example ) – mmyers Aug 22 '10 at 7:39
  • @Jonik: See meta.english.stackexchange.com/tags/discussion/info, for example. – kiamlaluno Aug 25 '10 at 18:20

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