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[META] Tags - What are your thoughts on the quality and usage of tags?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 17, 2012 at 6:12 AM

What are your thoughts on the quality and usage of tags at Paleohacks? What makes a question well tagged? What makes it poorly tagged?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 18, 2012
at 12:44 PM

Thanks for the -2, you cowards. lol

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on March 18, 2012
at 07:32 AM

Too Funny Kamal!!! Always a great sense of humor. I always like that.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on March 18, 2012
at 07:31 AM

Thank You Ed!!! Very Nice!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 17, 2012
at 08:53 PM

That's good to know! Also, I tend to remove [paleo] tags because they don't really help, replacing them with something relevant.

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on March 17, 2012
at 08:00 PM

@ Nance, thanks!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on March 17, 2012
at 07:52 PM

Okay, this answer is WAY TOO GOOD! Shame on you for doing SUCH a good job! :-))

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6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on March 17, 2012
at 07:28 PM

As a moderator, I hate to admit this, but the "tags" function tab, used as a stand-alone, is becoming less useful as the thread archive becomes larger. This contributes to the problem of duplicate questions.

Consider that the most popular tag "paleo" has been used over 1000 times. There are currently 44 tags that have been used over 100 times. None but the geekiest are going to search through 100 or more threads to find what they want.

Fortunately, there are work-arounds to this problem using the search function, which is located in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You can experiment with this yourselves, but here are some examples of how to narrow your searches:

Try a cross-tag search by enclosing the keywords in brackets. A search for [paleo] [fat] (a cross between the 2 most popular tags) currently yields only 27 hits.

Or you can search within tags, again enclosing the tag name in brackets. A search for "low carb" [paleo] (which searches for the phrase "low carb" in all questions tagged "paleo") has only 16 hits.

To answer Eric's question (finally), the popular general tags like "paleo" and "fat" are no longer very useful. A more specific tag that is descriptive of your question (such as "low-carb-flu" or "mufa") may help folks to find your question more easily, and group related questions together more accurately.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on March 17, 2012
at 08:00 PM

@ Nance, thanks!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 17, 2012
at 08:53 PM

That's good to know! Also, I tend to remove [paleo] tags because they don't really help, replacing them with something relevant.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 17, 2012
at 07:52 PM

Okay, this answer is WAY TOO GOOD! Shame on you for doing SUCH a good job! :-))

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on March 18, 2012
at 07:31 AM

Thank You Ed!!! Very Nice!

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on March 17, 2012
at 01:00 PM

I appreciate a mix of accurate tags and irreverant tags.

For example, tagging a question with words indicating the exposure of interest (gluten, krill-oil, etc) as well as the outcome (diabetes, sleep) is a must.

But it's also good to include the occasional "babby" and "WTF" tags just to keep it real.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on March 18, 2012
at 07:32 AM

Too Funny Kamal!!! Always a great sense of humor. I always like that.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 17, 2012
at 07:43 PM

There are far too many useless tags. For example, what use is a tag called "quality" when quality does not relate to anything in particular. "Question" isn't a good tag either, especially on a site where every thread is supposed to be a question.
All of the "paleo" tags make me chuckle because I wouldn't have thought we needed a paleo tag on a paleo site. lol

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 18, 2012
at 12:44 PM

Thanks for the -2, you cowards. lol

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on March 17, 2012
at 05:36 PM

As a PH addict, I tend to notice when a question duplicates another. So I search for the other question and try to make sure they share at least one tag--I'll add tags to the new one if necessary so if someone takes the time to search both questions will come up.

I do think tags are important but I don't always remember to check them and add relevant ones. With Kamal, I LOVE funny ones even if they don't support future searches.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 17, 2012
at 08:56 PM

I try to improve tags when I can, especially if it's a question that I like or plan on answering.

Especially two word tags. For example, coconut milk without the dash shows up under my interesting tags because I have "milk" highlighted. I don't however care about coconut milk, so I'd change that to a coconut-milk tag with a dash.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 22, 2012
at 03:39 PM

Good Tagging

Favor existing popular tags.

Do not create new tags unless you have to.

Use common abbreviations.

Avoid including synonyms.

Maximum of 5 tags per question.

Maximum of 24 chars per tag.

Tag characters: [a-z 0-9 + # - .]

Delimit tags by space, semicolon, or comma.

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