I'm finding that cooking is degrading into one of the grammatically worst stackexchanges. Is it possible to get a CHAOS member in here?

If not, can we tag our edits somehow so that we can do it on a volunteer basis without clogging the Mod queue?

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    Can you point to specific examples? "Grammatically worst stackexchanges" sounds like quite a stretch to me. I dare say that we're actually better than most; at least 4 in 5 question titles are actually questions. Also keep in mind that CHAOS is not a cleanup crew, they're a promotional team and site cleanup is an occasional small part of that (so again, we'd need to demonstrate a real need for that kind of effort).
    – Aaronut
    Dec 2, 2011 at 16:36
  • Look at my last 5 edits. Dec 2, 2011 at 16:38
  • I see. I'm still not sure I see the problem though; first of all, edits don't clog up the mod queue, and second, it looks like most of these edits are on recent questions, which doesn't even hurt the front page. I'll routinely do 5 or more retags in the span of a few minutes when I get home from work; it's not really a big deal.
    – Aaronut
    Dec 2, 2011 at 16:42
  • That's because I'm working on the obvious first. What happens when I get to page 10? Dec 2, 2011 at 16:45
  • Were you planning to go through 10 pages? It's great if you were, but most of the time I've observed that people mostly stick to cleaning up what's on the front page and only edit a small handful of older questions at any given time; one tends to burn out quickly after spending several hours correcting spelling and grammar. I'm still not convinced that the situation is so bad that hundreds of questions need to be fixed right now...
    – Aaronut
    Dec 2, 2011 at 16:50
  • Well, consider it a labour of love. I would like to clean up a bit. I'll get there eventually. Dec 2, 2011 at 16:52
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    Some of us like editing for grammar. I've been slightly reluctant, though, because unlike english.stackexchange.com, grammar isn't really on-topic here, so if a post is understandable... but anyway.
    – Marti
    Dec 2, 2011 at 19:18
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    @Marti: I don't see any reason to hesitate, if they're good edits. It's not like we have problems with too many edits right now. As long as they're not trivial edits like correcting "it's" to "its" while the rest of the post is still incomprehensible (yes those do happen).
    – Aaronut
    Dec 2, 2011 at 20:23
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    Also, there's at least one or two CHAOSers that are regularly around, but their psi disappeared.
    – yossarian
    Dec 5, 2011 at 16:49

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I am your primary CHAOS agent now, as Katey has been kidnapped by Gaming to help with their recent promotions.

CHAOS is not doing any massive title clean-up sprees anymore; you'll notice that we haven't had mod diamonds for months now, so we're more or less just regular users on the sites. Abby wrote a blog post on our recent shift in tactics, including the forgoing of clean-up sprees. Most of the sites we're working with now do not require them, and our time is really better spent coming up with promotion ideas, wooing influencers in the industry, and trying to recruit new users.

I encourage you to continue making edits to questions and answers that you feel need a little help. Approving an edit is not a very time-consuming task for moderators, and you'll continue to accrue points for the edits you make. Don't worry about overloading them; if they get overwhelmed, they can let us know and we'll either assign an SE employee to help temporarily or have an election to get an additional mod for the site.

If everyone does a few edits here and there, I think we'll be able to maintain the quality of the site just fine. I actually don't see a lot of egregiously incorrect posts; I don't think it's a problem worth worrying about TOO much.

  • Did you ever have diamonds? I thought you had pitchforks.
    – Aaronut
    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:14
  • @Aaronut For about a week ;) during our massive title clean-up spree so that we didn't bog down mod queues with hundreds of edits in the span of a day or two. (We also had a special temporary mode for us to not have our edits bump questions.) The pitchforks didn't denote special powers, they were just a way to let people know we were this new team of people popping up on the network. We've since gotten rid of them.
    – Laura
    Dec 16, 2011 at 14:34

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