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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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angabel
Aug. 23rd, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
May I ask why "rape" is a tag? At first I thought, "oh good, it can be a good way to avoid triggering" and then realized that having it as a tag doesn't really help that. I just don't think it should be hailed as a good term for a tag; after all, if I am anything like the average user, I will peruse the tags for book recommendations and I doubt most people are actually seeking out books written on rape unless they're doing research. It just seems in bad taste, in my opinion. Perhaps a more general tag could cover it, such as "sexual violence"? This way, more books can be tagged under it and it might work better as a trigger warning.
musesong
Nov. 21st, 2010 08:38 am (UTC)
Actually this is a very good point and I would think someone did add it to signal triggering over books about rape as such.

So I have renamed the tag as 'sexual violence' as suggested.
sio
Jun. 18th, 2010 09:08 am (UTC)
don't know if this is checked at all but lately i have been reading lots of historical murder mysteries and it seems like the historical mystery genre is bigger than i thought. could we maybe have a historical mystery tag?
musesong
Nov. 21st, 2010 08:48 am (UTC)
I do tend to use two tags for this though I can see the value of being able to just search for the single tag.

We do have plenty of tags available so will add it unless jadis feels that it isn't useful.
noachoc
Aug. 3rd, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
May I please have a zombies tag? I promise to use it immediately and often.
musesong
Nov. 21st, 2010 08:42 am (UTC)
I think you also requested this in an entry and I did add it as well as 'ghosts' as these are popping up in fantasy/paranormal romance a fair bit.
noachoc
Nov. 22nd, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
Yep, you did ages ago! Thanks!
a_neverending
Sep. 7th, 2012 10:33 am (UTC)
Hi, I just made my first entry and am a bit confused by some of the tags. I hope you can clear something up for me?
What exactly is '50bookschallenge recommends'? Is this the same as 'reccomended book'? And is ist okay to add this entry to books one personally likes or are there guidlines which books can be recomended?
And aren't 'drugs' and 'addiction' somehow redundant?
Which books would fall in the category 'foreign languages'? Books that deal with learning foreign languages? Or the actuall language of the text? If so, which language would fall under 'foreign languages'? Anything not english?
What is 'in the media' about?
Also I wonder what the diferent between 'japan', 'japanese' and 'japanese novel' might be. Does 'japanese' refer to the language?
And what exactly can be defined as a 'rare book'?
Sorry to flood you with questions, but I'd rather understand those before making a mistake.
Greetings, Sirrah
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