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Ok, after reading the post I made last night I confused myself. So here goes a better explanation of my idea:
I have a place in MyLQ that lets me specify my hardware, my distro, and whatever.
So I instead of posting a question I search for an answer to a problem I have with my soundcard, and presto I find it. So now that I have the answer to my problem I can tag it for later use in my own soundcard save point if I need it. So now that I have the info saved that is useful to me LQ makes it public under soundcards/es1371 (for example). So now someone comes to the site and does a search for es1371 or ensoniq and my find is a result.
Now me and jeremy have close to the same hardware (maybe even the same), so I see this and add jeremy to my tags friend list to directly share tags with him. So now something jeremy has found to solve a hardware issue might be solvable to me via his tags, and I have him as a friend so I can see those without searching.
I think the problem with the system as it is it could make one thread have hundreds of different discriptions. What I mean is if 10 people find a wireless data that they find deserves a tag, they might all name it something different and might actually "confuse" any kind of search. With my idea it gets rid of this by making me put my tag into a catagory/sub catagory. So now my result becomes specific and whatever I name it can be listed but it is sorted. And I also think having friends per se would make it useful for the social aspect. This could somehow tie into the HCL and kinda cross index the whole LQ site. Having the MyTags under myLQ makes it so my info is easy to get to when I need it.
Distribution: Debian, Red Hat, Slackware, Fedora, Ubuntu
Tags by definition really shouldn't be categorical as that gets away from some of there advantages. That being said, this is only phase one of the system. The data will be better integrated into your MyLQ (including subscription options) as well as some other useful options. That will come after the beta is over though. In the beta period we need to flesh out any bugs (such as the current multiple tag one), decide on a layout that works best and also find out where the system is failing. Once we know we are getting good data into the system and have a layout that is both useful and aestitically pleasing, we can do all kinds of interesting things with the data produced.
Aesthetically -- thanks, Jeremy -- that's the word we've been looking for.
The "My Tags" box in the post area is NOT aesthetically pleasing IMO,
though the tag function in itself, used as a bookmarking feature and
faster method to search for the proper information in a thread, would
be nice. Since some thread titles aren't at all helpful -- no examples
needed if one has been around LQ for a while -- and the search engine
for LQ is obviously strained.
Might there be a way for the tag to go to a specific post in a thread, rather than only the first post in the thread? For a thread over one page it can be annoying trying to search for that specific post.
Distribution: Debian, Red Hat, Slackware, Fedora, Ubuntu
There's really no way for a tag to bring you to a specific post, since any word can be tagged to any number of posts in a thread. If it would be useful, we could implement a filtering system, so that clicking on a thread tag would give you all posts in the thread with that tag.
Everyone agree that nice shiny new button looks a lot better? Personally i'd make the border width smaller, but aesthetically that's just about on the money i think too. Still remains to be seen if and how tags will be used by the masses though.
the text in the box wraps on a 1024x768 screen when all three edit/quote/report buttons are visible... personally i would reduce the default box contents so something closer to simply "what is this" or such.... also i'd keep the background of that box the same as the post to make it less imposing.