You can now tag posts with relevant keywords. Enjoy!
Who can? Who can edit tags?
There is a tag cloud on the homepage sidebar now too and you can search by tag.
Ooh, I added a tag. So, okay, on a more nuts and bolts side, can the members edit tags? Or just mentors? When I opened the tag edit screen, it says you can only have 6 tags, and I had the option to uncheck tags to remove them too. Is that something everyone could do (I can just see the tag wars now )?
Can someone who isn't staff tell us if they can monkey around with the tags and to what extent?
What's a tag?
Scroll down and you will see "tags" in a bar under the thread. On the right and side, click "edit threads" and you can add or delete tags.
You can add a tag to a thread to help you locate it with a search.
If anyone can add tags, but there is a limit to the number of tags, does that mean I get to delete someone's tag so I can make my own? I don't suppose it's possible to have a "my tags"?
A tag is a type of meta data
I must be brain dead. I'm still only guessing at what they are used for. So, if I saw a word in a thread that I thought was a good partial description of the subject matter, or saw some keyword that the thread was addressing, I could double click on the word to highlight it, CTL-C to copy the word, and then go to Edit Tags to paste it in? And then that word would be a tag to this thread (the whole thread, not the post I got it from?), kind of like the index in the back of a book (which has multiple pointers into the book for the multiple instances of the occurrance of the word)?
Or am I just off in the weeds here.... Brain dead. Going home for now. Nite!
Let's say you want to be able to find this thread again, you might give it a name (tag) that meant something to you so when you do a tag search, the thread comes up.
Yep, they're used to index the threads. Think of it as a keyword search. It should help improve the searches here if some relevant keywords or phrases are tagged so you could search by those keywords (going to the "tag cloud" or keyword list would allow you to search for threads on similar topics...or even similarly misspelled topics if someone spelled their keyword wrong )
I just noticed "tongue" made the tag cloud...:rofl:...small sample size, I'm sure...!
yeah, it holds the top 70 tags, so for the time being, anyone tag with atleast 1 click will get in the list :)
I can add two tags and I can't uncheck ones already there.
ooh … the tag cloud is difficult to read because most of the tags are of more than one word, and nothing separates the tags.
could they start with a capital, or be alternate colours … or each begin with their own smilie?
(I can add 5 tags to my own thread)
I tried adding a tag with an initial capital letter, but it was changed to a small letter.
oh, and … why "cloud"?
Is there something like an "auto-tag" system? I remember a few years back when I was a member of another board, at the bottom of every thread page there would always be a listing of five threads titled "Similar threads". I assume this is done automatically because I always notice 5 similar threads listed at the page bottom and the contents of the designated "similar threads" are not always relevant to the current thread, as would be expected if it were automated.
Could this be implemented somehow on this board?
I can add 2 tags to this thread, and delete my own only.
Yes, but the way it is implemented (just listed at the bottom of a thread) I don't feel it is worthwhile. Something to consider for the future.
Oh, hmm, now a bunch of tags have disappeared (seems if someone unchecks one, it goes away forever and can't just be re-checked). But, it says I can now add 9, so I'm guessing the thread maximum is actually 10 and the number shown is how many LEFT to add, not how many TOTAL can be added?
Yes 10, I deleted many "test" tags in this thread.
This is great Greg, we can group threads by topic which will make searching so much easier! This will hopefully prevent so many redundant threads from being started.
Why do the fonts in the tag cloud change size seemingly randomly? Is it supposed to do that, is there any relevance to the font size, or does something just need to be fixed? It's a bit hard to read with all the changing font sizes. I know someone mentioned that they ran together with all the same font, but there are several in a row the same size anyway. Maybe colors would be easier than sizes? Or maybe my eyes are the problem.
"Tags are usually single words and are typically listed alphabetically, and the importance of a tag is shown with font size or color. Thus both finding a tag by alphabet and by popularity is possible. The tags are usually hyperlinks that lead to a collection of items that are associated with a tag."
So tags are are being used the most are bigger and bolder.
Separate names with a comma.