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View Poll Results: Do you tagging feature on LinuxQuestions.org?
Yes, I do all the time. 4 26.67%
No, I don't; does anyone? 11 73.33%
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Old 07-11-2010, 12:10 PM   #1
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Tags feature visibility and usage


While I see the utility of tagging threads, the feature here seems underused or simply misused. The most prevalent tag is 'linux', which is obvious, and most of the runners-up have dedicated subforums. While many tags have been registered, several of them are, ostensibly, from newer LQ users whose usage of them falls off when they see that few others use them.

Maybe displaying a tag cloud/tag list per forum would be helpful and consistent with their intended usage.

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Old 07-12-2010, 04:24 AM   #2
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Well, actually the posts tagged with common words
are not really disturbing.

Nobody will do a search with 'Tag Name' = help , I think.
( 497 posts are tagged 'help', 314 have a 'newbie' tag.)

And those people not knowing, what tagging is, may also
not read the "Tagging manual" :
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...aq#faq_tagging
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Old 07-12-2010, 08:00 AM   #3
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I've read the faq; it's what I would call the statement of "intended usage". My point is that actual usage only accords with the faq rarely and in the specific case stated therein. Whether people actually search with tags, I can't say, but it probably wouldn't win them much to do so.
 
Old 07-13-2010, 05:43 AM   #4
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The search with : Tag Name = <key word>
works perfect. I use it all the time.

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It's great that you use this feature, but I am concerned with its general usefulness. I added a poll to get some idea.
 
Old 07-13-2010, 08:47 AM   #6
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I vote "Sometimes".
It would be better if it suggested tags based on frequency and importance of words in the title and post. I've seen that elsewhere. Actually I thought it was here but it does not do it now. Suggestions based on tag entry are only helpful sometimes. Most people need that first suggestion to get started.
Also it disallows dots, hyphens or underscores which is why I only sometimes use it: it is pretty useless to tag it sometimes, e.g., tag "linux-2.6.35" and get tags "linux" and "2635", cuz IMHO nobody, in their right mind, would use "linux" or a generic number for a search.

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Old 07-14-2010, 10:30 AM   #7
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i don't use tags.. if i need to find something, i just use the full text search (or google it ); perhaps that's inefficient, but get's the job done.
 
Old 07-14-2010, 11:17 AM   #8
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2ck, Thanks for the feedback. A future code upgrade will be reimplementing the tagging functionality here at LQ, so we're certainly interested in additional feedback and comments on this topic.

--jeremy
 
Old 07-18-2010, 08:17 AM   #9
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I pretty much pretend they don't exist.
 
Old 08-04-2010, 02:43 AM   #10
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Quote:
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2ck, Thanks for the feedback. A future code upgrade will be reimplementing the tagging functionality here at LQ, so we're certainly interested in additional feedback and comments on this topic.
--jeremy
i know you "battle" with functionality vs complexity of the ui. And while logged users could apply increased ui customization (to tailor/simplify their ui), that "customizability" requires additional forumware complexity :-)
I've added tags in posts, usually my posts. I'm not sure if allowing non-poster to tag is good...
google site search, especially with date&sort works well. eg, m4 4 months, sbd:1 date-sort, with 100 results (btw, google results have not been correctly date sorted for a while. also, webpages vary, so google has trouble getting page dates)
&tbs=qdr:m4,sbd:1&num=100

PS. "Similar Threads" at page bottom. the more common forumware lists posts only older than thread being read, but I've visited a few forums where "Similar Threads" lists newer posts than thread being read, implying to me that that rarer forumware actively generates the "Similar Threads" ?

Last edited by nxja; 08-04-2010 at 02:49 AM.
 
Old 09-15-2010, 04:26 PM   #11
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As an update: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-at-lq-832360/

Tags are now in a per thread context and not a per post context. Additional feedback is welcome. We'll also be working to clean up the existing tags and add some additional functionality.

--jeremy
 
  


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