So, the first 100 or so edits are all updated last by me. Nothing out of the ordinary, just a semi-organized checking/adding of tags on old questions. It has the side-effect of kicking up primarily answered threads for new eyes, although that wasn't the intention.
First of all - thank you, it's great to have people committed to keeping the site clean.
That said, there are a couple of things you should know:
First off, if you ever need to retag a lot of questions, diamond mods have the ability to perform mass retags that don't bump the questions. So, if you're retagging enough questions that it's starting to get tedious, you should submit a retag request here on this meta.
Second, please don't add "meta tags", and please actually remove them if you see them. One example I noticed in your edits is
homemade. I don't think that this tag has any semantic value. When you create a new tag or add one that's rarely-used, the question you should be asking yourself is: Can there be an "expert" on this subject? In other words, will it help somebody decide whether or not they can answer the question?
There are likely to be those who are extremely knowledgeable about
grilling, or about
chicken, or even about specific foods like
taffy. On the other hand, tags like
recipe-problemsare superfluous; they don't tell us anything about the question and nobody is going to search specifically for them. They also don't tell you anything about the question that's not obvious from the title.
Basically, tags are not "keywords". Yes, they exist to aid searching, but a very specific kind of searching, namely the category search. The site search and Google search are both full-text searches, so if a tag doesn't represent a category of question that anybody would search for in isolation, don't create the tag.
People can feel free to vote this response down if they disagree, but this is how it's always been on the trilogy sites and all of the other Stack Exchange betas. Meta-tags like
best-practices have always been a major sore spot for those sites, and only a very small number of such tags are tolerated.
I realize that our current tags don't set a very good example - we have other unhelpful meta-tags like
technique at the top of the list - but these need to go too. In fact, I'm about to put in a formal request to zap all of these tags.
So again, please don't take this the wrong way - I (we) really, seriously appreciate you taking all the time to do this, and most of the edits you made were great and helpful, but we all need to start being a little more conservative about tags, because it's starting to look like a mess.
1) I'm not so much re-tagging as adding more specific categories, like recipe-problem or shopping, if the question was about how to fix something, or where to purchase something.
2) Homemade is for products typically purchased at stores, not just anything home-cooked. Maybe there's a better tag for it. Not sure I see the need for expert designation on tags. For me it's just salient overlap. If a tag captures a group of questions with relevant similarities, I like it. But I might be missing something.
3) I think I disagree about 'recipe-problems' and 'comparisons'. People won't search for them, but people don't search much for tags anyway. If I'm not wrong, tags are mainly useful for the related menu. I didn't add 'cost' or 'fail', but I did use 'budget' and the aforementioned 'recipe-problems'. I think they're useful because they create a horizontal category that spans different types of situations with the same concern/goal. Budget, for example, could be about anything, but a user with little cash might find all of these entries useful.
4) Recipe-problems as well are "general", but they all share the very important characteristic of something in the cooking process that needs a fix. I find that inherently interesting, because there's so much to be gleaned from 'problem' situations.
I'll slow down the tagging until there's more consensus on this, but I personally think there's a lot of use in meta and idiosyncratic tags. My bigger concern is with tag replication (recipe/recipes, comparison/comparisons/food-differences) My general advice would be to wait on any tag overhaul until after beta with more data.
Just to be clear, my interest in tagging wasn't clean-up so much as usefulness. So I was much less concerned about too many tags than too few useful or interesting ones.