Do you submit tags or skip them when prompted?

@bayernfan (1430)
Canada
March 31, 2009 7:26pm CST
When you engage in a discussion on myLot, do you submit tags for that discussion when asked or do you select skip? I find that I always submit tags when I start a discussion, but not always when responding. I do try to submit tags for other member's posts when I feel like it. What's your attitude towards tagging? Do you find tags helpful?
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@Calais (10900)
• Australia
1 Apr 09
No I always skip them, Im too lazy i suppose, although i know they come in handy when im looking for a certain discussion.
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@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
1 Apr 09
What's laziness to some, might be too much action to others.
@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
1 Apr 09
Most of the time I will skip them. As it takes a lot of time to submit them, and I usually prefer skipping them due to needing time to just post on here. But if it is a New discussion where No keywords are posted, sometimes I will add some just to help someone out.
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@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
1 Apr 09
Well, it does take some time and effort to submit tags. How much time depends on the speed of your connection, the amount of traffic on myLot, the server equipment that myLot uses, how many tags that you choose to submit and, of course, how long it takes you to think up the tags. Many members have a limited time to spend on myLot, so I don't blame them for skipping out on tags. Submitting tags isn't obligatory and I am not sure how effective they are on myLot or how many members here choose to perform a search anyways. Cheers.
@willy6 (492)
• Jamaica
1 Apr 09
I dont really know how helpful tag is, but I normally submit tags whenever I started a discussion, but I dont submit tags when responding to a discussion. I do it because I was asked to, but i guess they see it as important so I do it.
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@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
1 Apr 09
Tags are an attempt to help more members find a discussion when they use the search function. You aren't obligated to submit tags but, theoretically anyway, tags are supposed to direct others to your discussions.
@majja1 (48)
• Australia
1 Apr 09
Due to being new here I am glad you brought this topic up, I am also curious to what other mylotters do. I dont think I have 100% understanding of when and why to use tags and therefore I do it sometimes and sometimes not...got no reason for when I do and when I dont. Think I will read up a bit more on the subject and see if I should start using it more often.
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@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
1 Apr 09
You are most welcome majja1. Tags are used to help identify discussions and retrieve them when someone uses the same keyword in a search. Websites use metatags in order to help increase their chances of being retrieved in a search and to increase their rank.
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
2 Apr 09
They are helpful so that you can easily find discussions that might interest you whenever you search of any here in this site. I always try to put as much tags as possible in discussions that I participate in and I don't get asked for tags again when I have replied to a response or two. I however don't put tags on PMs.. I find it odd but, PMs too appear when you try to search for specific word here in this site. Often times, if there's one word that could sum up the entire discussion, I just give that word and submit it right away..
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
2 Apr 09
I don't send many PMs on myLot but, now that you've mentioned it, I do remember being prompted to submit tags to a PM. I agree. That certainly is strange. It seems redundant or even erroneous to add PMs in search results. Especially since you can easily just check your messages. I think that you have an excellent approach to tagging. Thanks for sharing.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
2 Apr 09
Some members would even put phrases as their tags so, I really have a rough idea on how they would appear as results if their tags happen to have two to five words for every tag that they have.. simply putting one tag after another would be good as the probability of one searching multiple tags, even if not arranged accordingly as a sentence, would still gain you results compared to fixed phrases as tags.. well, just sharing I suppose (^_^") Thanks for the compliment~! Your quite welcome!
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
3 Apr 09
That sounds like an interesting attempt to ensure that their discussions are more readily picked up by the search engine. Your contributions are appreciated.
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@zweeb82 (5713)
• Malaysia
5 Apr 09
It depends - if I see there are less than 5 tags when I respond to a discussion, then I'll add; if there are already 5 tags which if I'm not mistaken is the maximum, well depending on the length of the words as well, then I'll just skip them.
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
5 Apr 09
Yes. There is a limit to the amount of tags that can be submitted and I believe that you are correct with five. I type fast, so length of words isn't too much of a problem for me. I try to add tags to others' discussions when I see that important keywords are missing.
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@zweeb82 (5713)
• Malaysia
7 Apr 09
Yup, I do the same as well when I see the tags section to be bare & empty, haha!~
• Malaysia
5 Apr 09
i skip that part too when responding. i don't really submit tags here on mylot. i'm usually in a hurry and too lazy to think of any tags to put haha..
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
5 Apr 09
One can be forgiven when time is limited and they are in a rush. Tags are optional, so it isn't necessary for anyone to feel obligated to submit them or guilty if the choose to skip. You sound like an honest and forthright person. Thanks for sharing.
@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
1 Apr 09
Actually I do tag discussions. Someone in a discussion one time said that you earn more by tagging. I'm not sure how true that is but I do tag discussions.
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
1 Apr 09
Theoretically, tags help members who perform searches to find your discussion if they are using the right keywords. If those members get directed to your discussions and decide to engage, then your earnings will go up. How well this works here, is anyone's guess.