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Just now, it appears that the Suggested Edits review queue is full to the brim with a single user adding the tag to a lot of questions while leaving the content otherwise untouched.

I was tempted to simply outright reject these edits, but I am really not sure about whether this would be appropriate.

Should these kinds of edits be rejected? Should they be discouraged, but accepted? Or am I in the wrong here and are these edits fine?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ There should be some feedback mechanism for the editors to realize that huge batches of edits might irritate or overwhelm the reviewers. This has happened before -- and on other sites. \$\endgroup\$ – chicks Apr 5 '18 at 12:37
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I believe that adding a single, relevant tag is a meaningful edit. If it helps someone in the future to find a question that matches their search, or favourites, then, yes, it's a good edit.

Note that tag editing is "so important" that for higher-rep users (10K tools) "inline" tag-editing is optimized and is very easy to do. I regularly add tags using the tag-editing shortcuts. It's obviously a meaningful action, so why prevent lower-rep users from doing it?

On the other hand, adding non-relevant tags is obviously bad....

I reviewed a number of those single-tag edits, and I approved them. If a person is willing to locate, fix, and suggest edits for them, then they deserve the +2 rep an approved edit will give them.

As it happens, while answering this meta-post, I also rejected a couple of tag-only edit suggestions where the tag was added incorrectly... it can go both ways.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Those tag edits were all by the same user. Why was adding the calculator tags better than the performance tags? \$\endgroup\$ – Stephen Rauch Apr 2 '18 at 4:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ The calc ones were worse. Those questions were not about calculators... but specific calculations \$\endgroup\$ – rolfl Apr 2 '18 at 4:40
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I find the tag is only justified if OP also provided some benchmarks. This is, we know how fast/slow the code is performing now.

Without such information it's pointless to try to optimize the code and so is the tag meaningless.

Here two of those examples (where I removed the tag again):

Only a single question contained enough information to actually qualify for this tag:

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I agree, performance could apply to nearly every question that's not specifically on "style" - those of which will be reviewed on performance anyway. \$\endgroup\$ – Raystafarian Apr 8 '18 at 23:03

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