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Generally speaking, tag-soup cleanup is beneficial and encouraged, right? Well, one downside to such effort is that questions that undergo such cleanup are considered recently active by the system, and appear on the WPSE front page as such.

Is there any way to exclude tag edits from being considered as a question "update", or otherwise exclude mere tag edits from recent activity?

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And title edits, too

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    and title edits too... – Stephen Harris May 10 '12 at 14:42
  • Why? Isn't an improved question worth a second look? If it isn't – the question is so bad that it wasn't worth an edit. – fuxia May 10 '12 at 15:53
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    Tag/title edits can be used to improve usability and searchability of WPSE, without regard to the quality of the question itself or the quality of posted answers. – Chip Bennett May 10 '12 at 16:17
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The start page shows by default the active questions. An edit is an activity. Sometimes an edit makes a question answerable or it makes tag subscribers aware of it.

Some edits need a review – even when the editor has the privilege to edit immediately. Making edits silent opens the door to misuse this privilege.

We have a separate view for the newest questions that doesn't take edits into account.

What is difficult: mass editing. When someone edits a lot of old questions new questions move down on the front-page and that's not fair against those who asked recently.
I see two solutions:

  • Do not edit more than four old question in a row.
  • Edit when we have low activity: between 0.00 and 5.00 UTC or on weekends.

Both are rather workarounds. But I don't see a better compromise.

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