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Proper Tagging

Posted 12-22-2008 at 09:58 AM by carknee

There is a huge feature of this site that has been disabled because people have been missusing it. The feature I am referring to is Post Tagging in forum posts. I have just turned this feature on (in the Warrior Forums) in the hopes people will begin to use it properly as this can be a huge benefit in locating information you need.

What a tag isn't?

A tag is not a spot for you to enter in your signature line. It
isn't a spot to enter in some funny quote. It isn't a spot to say
something like "warrior."


What is a tag?
Tags are like keywords or labels that you add to a post to make it
easier to find later. You can tag a post with phrases like "2002 TPS Recall." Later if you look for information of
the TPS recall, you can just click that tag and get all posts that have
been tagged that way.

What is the difference between searching and posting?
[*]A search will return posts where the computer finds your term in the body of the post.[*]A tag search will return posts where humans explicitly associate a term to a post[/list]
How will Tag's help me?
Once all members are in the habit of tagging their posts the "Tag Cloud" will start to populate with keywords. The tag cloud is in the right column of the Forum titled "Popular Tags." Once you click a "tag" it will take you to a listing of all posts tagged to that term.

Tags Dumbified
For this site I have made it so that people cannot enter in their own tags in forum posts. You must use the "Chose Tags" button to select some predefined tags.



Example. This post is tagged to "Help" and "New Site" as shown below. If you click on a tag it will take you to a list of all other related posts.

I hope this feature works out and people start using it as it should. If it is used properly I can enable it site wide and make it so that people can enter in their own tags.
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