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Offline Ortho_cat

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Thread tagging
« on: November 28, 2010, 06:38:22 PM »
Is it possible to add a tag in a thread which redirects the person to another specific thread when clicked? If so, how is it done?

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Re: Thread tagging
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2010, 06:55:24 PM »
When you click on a tag it will give you a list of all threads with the same tag. It can occasionally find related threads around here, but for tags to really be useful there needs to be some sort of established convention, which doesn't exist on OC.net. You're better off using search.
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Re: Thread tagging
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2010, 09:04:54 PM »
Dealing with so many of these tags myself, I almost have to think that it would be best if only a few--let's say, the moderators--added tags to threads, since the knowledge of similar threads so necessary for effective tag placement is so difficult to acquire in a short time. AISI, tags exist for little other reason than to guide us to other discussions of similar subjects. Most tags, especially the ones that start with a whitespace character because the poster entered tags in a space-delimited list, end up going nowhere.

That's just my personal opinion, though, so take it FWIW.
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Re: Thread tagging
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2010, 09:16:27 PM »
Dealing with so many of these tags myself, I almost have to think that it would be best if only a few--let's say, the moderators--added tags to threads, since the knowledge of similar threads so necessary for effective tag placement is so difficult to acquire in a short time. AISI, tags exist for little other reason than to guide us to other discussions of similar subjects. Most tags, especially the ones that start with a whitespace character because the poster entered tags in a space-delimited list, end up going nowhere.

That's just my personal opinion, though, so take it FWIW.

That's one suggestion, but are the moderators going to want to spend their time categorizing every thread on OC.net? But regardless of who does the tagging, for it to be useful someone would need to go to the trouble of creating a list of preferred terms, standard conventions for names, etc. For example, if you have a thread on Chrysostom, it could be tagged 'Chrysostom', 'John Chrysostom', 'St. Chrysostom', 'St. John Chrysostom', 'Saint Chrysostom', 'Saint John Chrysostom', etc. and the abbreviation St. could be with or without the period and if it's case sensitive (guessing not, but not sure, last I checked and it's been a while SMF ran on Linux which is case sensitive by default) there are a bunch more problems, I'm guessing that using any two of those tags will ensure the pages don't link to each other.

Tagging works best with a list of pre-defined codes, but that's not always practical for open ended topics of discussion.
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Re: Thread tagging
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2010, 09:22:59 PM »
I didn't know that threads with the same tag linked them. Thanks.

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Re: Thread tagging
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2010, 09:23:31 PM »
Dealing with so many of these tags myself, I almost have to think that it would be best if only a few--let's say, the moderators--added tags to threads, since the knowledge of similar threads so necessary for effective tag placement is so difficult to acquire in a short time. AISI, tags exist for little other reason than to guide us to other discussions of similar subjects. Most tags, especially the ones that start with a whitespace character because the poster entered tags in a space-delimited list, end up going nowhere.

That's just my personal opinion, though, so take it FWIW.

That's one suggestion, but are the moderators going to want to spend their time categorizing every thread on OC.net?
It doesn't have to be just the moderators. I mentioned them specifically only to give an example. The point is that the tagging may be done better by those who have been here awhile and know our thread history pretty well.

But regardless of who does the tagging, for it to be useful someone would need to go to the trouble of creating a list of preferred terms, standard conventions for names, etc. For example, if you have a thread on Chrysostom, it could be tagged 'Chrysostom', 'John Chrysostom', 'St. Chrysostom', 'St. John Chrysostom', 'Saint Chrysostom', 'Saint John Chrysostom', etc. and the abbreviation St. could be with or without the period and if it's case sensitive (guessing not, but not sure, last I checked and it's been a while SMF ran on Linux which is case sensitive by default) there are a bunch more problems, I'm guessing that using any two of those tags will ensure the pages don't link to each other.

Tagging works best with a list of pre-defined codes, but that's not always practical for open ended topics of discussion.
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