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View Poll Results: Do you use tags when search LQ?
Yes, I do 3 10.34%
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Old 07-31-2010, 02:32 AM   #1
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Question Do you search for threads via tags?


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That's pretty much the question. Do you use tags when you search LQ? Is it helpful to use tags when I create new thread?
 
Old 07-31-2010, 02:39 AM   #2
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Hi,

Perhaps you didn't notice, there is a similar thread going on here:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-usage-819231/
 
Old 07-31-2010, 02:56 AM   #3
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That thread seems to be about posting with tags. My thread is about searching using tags. So they are different.
 
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One thing I have never understood about this "web 2.0" obsession with tags: just how is searching with tags different from searching with keywords? Here in LG, I think I know what the difference is, or at least what it could be, but you know how it is: when the user knows for sure, then he is able to construct more intelligent queries. But we rarely do know for sure.

So what I THINK it is (please correct me if I am wrong), is that when you do a search in LG using "search forums", it looks for any occurrence of any of the words entered, anywhere in the post (including tags); but if you search tags, then it searches ONLY tags. But this in turn implies that you will get a hit only if the posters thought to USE the right tags when posting. Of course, such an assumption is wildly optimistic.

Why, even in this thread, only one post has tags set, and even that one has them set wrong: we are not supposed to have to use both the singular and the plural to get a match, are we?

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Old 08-17-2010, 05:35 PM   #5
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I didn't even know tags EXISTED on here...so that would be a huge no for me.
 
Old 08-19-2010, 03:28 PM   #6
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I didn't even know tags EXISTED on here...so that would be a huge no for me.
Well now, I realize the tags feature is not very well presented on this site; but I am surprised that anyone could fail to notice they exist!

Don't you see the big blue button labeled 'Tags' under every forum post? Don't you see "LQ Tags" under "Main Menu"?

It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the forum and its basic support software before making your first post.
 
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I really don't get "tags" that much...they seem kinda useless to me. I can understand their purpose (more or less): to enable better categorization of search results. However, I usually find myself searching based on keywords, since after all, the words in the tags list are probably going to also be in the content of the post/page/blog itself.
 
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Well now, I realize the tags feature is not very well presented on this site; but I am surprised that anyone could fail to notice they exist!

Don't you see the big blue button labeled 'Tags' under every forum post? Don't you see "LQ Tags" under "Main Menu"?

It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the forum and its basic support software before making your first post.
No, with how overly busy they have the right, and the lack of good color schemes IMO, it takes me a while just to find the "post reply" button. I'm not going to take the time to look for other things that I'd never use.

If they didn't have SOOOOOOOOOO much stuff on the right in a small font that blends with the background color (to me, I have some visual problems) then maybe I might have, but as it is, I can't really make much out of that stuff over there.

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Old 08-21-2010, 03:40 PM   #9
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No, with how overly busy they have the right, and the lack of good color schemes IMO, it takes me a while just to find the "post reply" button. I'm not going to take the time to look for other things that I'd never use.

If they didn't have SOOOOOOOOOO much stuff on the right in a small font that blends with the background color (to me, I have some visual problems) then maybe I might have, but as it is, I can't really make much out of that stuff over there.
This is a common problem when young enthusiasts do the design, failing to consult with usability experts. They have a lot they could learn from http://www.webpagesthatsuck.com/myst...avigation.html

But don't reach the wrong conclusion from the name of the URL: by no means am I saying that this website belongs on the list, 'web pages that suck'! Rather, the point Flanders is making is that web authors can learn a lot from the mistakes made on those pages.

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