I appreciate that. I know others do some cleaning up as well. And you're absolutely right in calling it juvenalia. It's not clever; it's usually not funny. It's just a pain.
The thing of it is, reporting bad tags is pretty useless to us
. In the time that a report could be filed, the filer can just as easily tag a topic and attempt to bump out the bad tags him or herself. As for transparency in tag changing, the transparency is that tags change. Don't like the tags? Then do some tagging of your own.
What's a bad tag?
Well, there's a newbie who came here today to ask a statistics
question and it was tagged as misogyny. That's a bad tag. Correct tags would have been things like statistics, mathematics, homework, stats, math
or maybe school
. What about a topic about the US Civil War? Tags could be civil war
, or American history
. But if someone tagged that hypothetical topic as the war of Northern aggression
, I'm not going to waste my time trying to fix that sort of thing.
I would suggest that others pick their battles as well.
Also, when it comes to tagging a topic as spam or a poster as a spammer, that's another useless thing. Please don't do that. Instead, spend those five seconds hitting report
. Because I have seen a lot of topics mislabeled this way when often it's just some poor ESL student.
Finally, and I offer this suggestion to everyone, and not just to the people who responded to this topic - go into your tags (there's a link at the top of every single page on this site) and do some light housecleaning of your own. That's an enormous help for moderators, when people clean up their own acts a bit. Clean up graffiti, and mean-spiritedness, and also when you tag a topic with the poster's name (that's redundant; people can search for a poster's topics easily and so any topics by me, for example, need not be tagged as jespah
. Just click on my profile and you'll see a way to find my topics).
Tags are intended to be the classification system of the site. They are used so that the members can find topics of interest to them, they are used in Google when searchers find A2K, and they are used by the A2K software to aggregate topics into the 'related topics' that you see at the bottom of many topics. They are not intended to be used for editorializing about people and opinions that we don't like.