I'm trying to adjust the tags on the following question:

Using an unregistered company name

To remove the Game-Design tag and add the Legal tag. However, it gives me the error message "Edits must be at least 6 characters; is there something else to improve in this post?"

I've been able to make tag only edits before, is there something that's change? How should I be making these kind of tag edits?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you trying to edit the whole question or just using the "edit tags" button next to the tags themselves? \$\endgroup\$
    – user1430
    Oct 11, 2016 at 19:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't see an "edit tags" button. I think Edit Tags is a rep or mod privilege that skips review. \$\endgroup\$
    – CLo
    Oct 11, 2016 at 19:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ Probably, and since you're below the threshold required to edit without review the system probably wants you to make more substantial edits. I don't know if this changed recently or not as a way of heading off a lot of the bad, irrelevant tag edits. You may want to check on MSE. \$\endgroup\$
    – user1430
    Oct 11, 2016 at 19:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ Not seeing anything on MSE (StackExchange Meta right?). And I was able to do this as of last week, October 8 to be specific. \$\endgroup\$
    – CLo
    Oct 11, 2016 at 19:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ @JoshPetrie I'm assuming you are suggesting, if this is an issue, it's an issue across SE and not just gamedev. Posted a question to SE Meta meta.stackexchange.com/questions/285645/… \$\endgroup\$
    – CLo
    Oct 11, 2016 at 19:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, because there's really no reason I can think of that would have localized such a change to GDSE. \$\endgroup\$
    – user1430
    Oct 11, 2016 at 20:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ what was the exact question you edited on October 8th to suggest this was previously accepted? \$\endgroup\$
    – Gnemlock
    Oct 12, 2016 at 1:17

1 Answer 1


The core functionality of the Edit button has not changed, and you can make tag-only edits within reason.

I have previously encountered situations where I only wished to change a tag, but the edit was "too minimal". That said, I was able to submit an edit to a question where I only removed the tag1. I was required to submit a manual edit description, but once entered, my edit was successfully submitted.

It is difficult to define "too minimal" in regards to a tag-only edit, due to conflicts between the two circumstances, but here are some ideas:

It may involve further consideration, regarding edited characters

  • It can not be a simple count of how many characters the edit changes, as an edit of "legal game-design" has a character count of at least 16, while "unityscript" only has a character count of 11.
  • I had considered that only the 'total character sum' of tags was taken into consideration, but by my count, "legal game-design" gives a 'total character sum' change of +6.

It may be an unwritten privilege

Admittedly, the ability to make tag-only edits might seem insignificant. As a result, it is entirely possible that the ability to do so comes with the provision of other privileges, without deliberate mention. If that is the case, this would have to be somewhere between the last privileged you unlocked (View Close Votes at 250 reputation) and the next privilege I can unlock (Edit Questions and Answers at 2,000 reputation). Two particular privileges stand out:

  • Create Tags at 300 reputation may also yield improved ability to edit tags.
  • Access Review Queues at 500 reputation may also extend the general ability to edit, including tags.

Either way, nothing is mentioned regarding editing tags. We would need a moderator or higher to comment on whether either of these could or would be the case.

It may be a user-specific bug

If it ultimately boils down to a bug, we know that the bug does not affect everybody, or is at least a little more specific than preventing all tag-only edits. We do know that it is not a recent change, as ultimately, we have seen that tag-only edits have been accepted as recently as within 5 hours of the original post.

1 Immediately after submitting the tag change, I proof read the question and submitted a more thorough edit. The initial edit was confirmed almost instantly, so both edits appear as separate revisions.

  • \$\begingroup\$ It is odd, and all seems to be working now. I'm accepting your answer here, and if I come across the issue again will further update the question on MSE with any info I can gather. \$\endgroup\$
    – CLo
    Oct 12, 2016 at 15:41

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