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Tags....OMG, what have I done?

Hiya! Just your friendly community moderator dropping in to say "OMGWTF happened to the tags?!?!" :D

Here's the situation. I've been extraordinarily busy and didn't feel like I had the time to keep up with the requests for tag additions that I was getting through comments and email, so I went ahead and changed the community options on who could create tags from just me to any member. Then I made the mistake of not checking in to see how it was going, for which I humbly and profusely apologize. One of the community members dropped me a line today and brought to my attention that the tag list had grown out of control with duplicate tags (alternate or misspellings, plurals, etc.), useless tags like "50book challenge" (uh...why do you need to tag your posts in the 50bookchallenge community as 50bookchallenge??), and a general glut of overly specific tags like obscure authors, etc.

So, I've made an executive decision. Not only have I changed the tag options back to allow only community maintainers to create new tags, I'm going to delete 99% of the author tags. Before you get upset, let me explain!!

This community has LJ Seek enabled on it (which, in addition to the link I've placed in this post, can also be found in the community profile *and* in the links sidebar when viewing the community pages). What this means to all of you is that if you want to search for any text string in the community entries, you can. Since people's entries almost always include the book title and author, I think that it's redundant to have tags for authors, since if you want to see lists of entries that talk about books by any particular author, you can use LJ Seek. Since genre is not mentioned in people's book reviews nearly as often, I think that's where the usefulness of tags really lies, so that's where I'm going to head with the tag list.

So, the new guidelines for tags are going to be that I will entertain requests for tags for genres, content, subject matter, types of awards, book lists, etc. I will *NOT* create new tags for book titles or authors. I am also going to monitor the tag list and clean up any tags that don't generate more than 5 uses or so. This is to try to control the proliferation of uberspecific genre tags that no one really understands or uses.

ETA: I also have to add...I can only shake my head in disbelief that I'm actually finding tags for people's personal LJ user IDs. Buh? There are over SIX THOUSAND members in this community...do you really think it's reasonable to make PERSONAL tags to track your own posts? The mind boggles. For real.

Comments? Questions? Suggestions?

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welfycat
May. 16th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
May I be the first to say thank you, oh so very much!

I am incredibly happy to see that the tag situation will be brought under control again, as the tags list was getting quite ridiculous!

I appreciate the steps you've outlined and think that it is an excellent plan.

quitereasonable
May. 16th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
I'll second the thanks at your addressing this issue.
discostare
May. 16th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
Thanks for coming along and cleaning them up. I found it was getting a bit ridiculous too.
xylogirl
May. 16th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
When tagging a post how do you use the tags that are already there without adding your own?
noachoc
May. 16th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
There are a few tags that I use all the time (like adventure) so, if you know which ones you want ahead of time, you just type them into the box at the bottom, like you'd do if you were making them up. If you don't know (and this is what I do) you can just check the list on the sidebar, or go to "edit tags" on your already posted entry and the list is in a box at the bottom.

The only difference now is that, if you spell something wrong in a tag, it just won't post as that. That's why I always check my entries (and tags) after I post them.
(Anonymous)
May. 16th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
Can I have a Zette tag?
sh1mm3r
May. 16th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
THANK YOU.

I would go back to my entries and add all appropriate tags, and I've noticed that more and more are applicable, and often some were different variations of the same word. Egad!
poodlerat
May. 16th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)
Yay! Thank you!
risa7
May. 16th, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
Oh thank you! I do like to use tags but these were kinda scaring me :)
musesong
May. 16th, 2007 08:18 am (UTC)
Thank you. Glad to see the tags back under control. I use LJ Seek whenever I need to look for an author or title.

As for tracking our own posts I use the Memories feature on my own LJ so I have a nice list of my entries to the challenge.
noachoc
May. 16th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks so very much! It's so much PRETTIER now.

hehehe, my "movie-books" made the cut (though who knows if it'll stay, I don't think it's something lots of people will use).
silentrequiem
May. 17th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
Thank you! I will actually start using tags again, now.
crowyhead
Jul. 19th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
Couple of requests -- one, could you correct the spelling for the Newbery tag? It should be Newbery Winner, not Newberry Winner, I think.

Also, could you add a National Book Award tag? Or perhaps just a general "Award Winner" tag?
fegs
Aug. 7th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
tags
I am now in the process of adding tags to my old entries, could you possibly add an indian lit or asian lit tag as I seem to read a losd of books set in that area of the world!!
shoshanapnw
Aug. 31st, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
Hi. May I request "Asia"? We've got Africa, British, Canada, etc. and I read a lot of books about Asia! Thanks
jadis
Aug. 31st, 2007 01:01 pm (UTC)
For some goofed up reason, LJ has seen fit to make tags in a community invisible to anyone except the moderator until they've been used at least once. Buh? So stupid. In any case, I did have an asian lit tag out there, but it had zero uses, so only I could see it. I added it to this entry so it would be in use, and thus appear to the rest of the community. Let me know if you have any problems!
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acidosaur
Sep. 15th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
this is a very good way of using tags, I find it very useful to find my own posts again :)

could I maybe suggest adding a tag for Orange Prizewinners? I've read a couple of books that won this prize and they were incredible.
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