Other people tagging your discussions

@Wizzywig (7859)
April 28, 2010 11:58am CST
Do you find that other people often tag your discussion with stuff that is totally irrelevant to the subject of the discussion? Not rude or offensive but just unconnected? I know the topic develops over time and new tags become appropriate but I dont mean those ones. Do they do it so they can find it again, to help other people to find it, to 'mark territory' as having responded, because they've misunderstood the topic, because they feel they have to 'tag' & its the first thing that comes into their heads or just because they think its funny or clever? Its not a big deal - which is just as well because I expect someone will add something obscure to this one nowI just wondered. Do you tag often? Or are you a 'skip' button presser?
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@mysdianait (64056)
• Italy
28 Apr 10
I tag according to the topic of the discussion. I often tag discussions without responding on them, especially in the 'no responses' tab that have been posted with no tags at all. Alice has already told us that innappropriate tags (including usernames) are not allowed and should be reported and will be removed. I report those too (and I hope others do too).
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@GardenGerty (101612)
• United States
28 Apr 10
I have never tagged any with no responses. I do try to make sure I always tag my own discussions before posting them, and usually my responses as well. I am getting lazy lately though.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
28 Apr 10
Yes, I think helping a discussion out with a relevant tag is doing the original poster a favour. I do tag my own but, unless I see something glaringly obvious thats missing I dont do a lot of tagging on others.
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• United States
28 Apr 10
I do think the tags are important because it adds to the mylot community. Getting back to your original post, there have been many people that do not read the original post of the author, this is why they make ill-informed comments that have nothing to do with the post itself.
@GardenGerty (101612)
• United States
28 Apr 10
I almost never even look at the tags. I used to tag religiously, but have skipped a few lately when in a hurry. I do not know why people put unrelated tags, unless it either means something to them or is out of spite. I notice a typo on the tags here, and it is "yagged" I sometimes hit the wrong key myself.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
28 Apr 10
Maybe it does have some significance to the person who adds it - idk. (The 'yagging' wasnt one of my tags)
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@Wizzywig (7859)
28 Apr 10
... and its gone now
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@mysdianait (64056)
• Italy
28 Apr 10
'yagged' might have been a typo because I thought I typed 'tagged' but it wasn't there after I responded - but 'yagged' was There are only the 5 most used tags which show so I guess it got bumped off
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@gerald_lian (2193)
• Australia
28 Apr 10
I am normally a "skip" button presser; however, if I find a discussion should have a certain tag that isn't there yet, I will take that initiative to tag it then. The reason why I normally am a "skip" button presser is because I have encountered people simply, irrelavantly and inappropriately tagging my discussions that I vowed to myself never to do it to others' discussions if I can help it. Hence, I am adopting the "stay clear" philosophy so that I do not risk irrelevantly tagging others' discussions and cause unnecessary anger and frustration. For my own discussions, I try to tag them with as many tags that I can think of about the topic, so that any possible irrelevant tags by others go to the end of the list and hence have a minor significance/contribution overall.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
28 Apr 10
Sounds like the perfect way to deal with the whole tagging thing. Thank you for your full response
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• Australia
28 Apr 10
You're most welcome! I just hope my theories are correct too, because I just assumed certain things, like my last sentence in my response......
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@Wizzywig (7859)
28 Apr 10
I'm not sure which ones go to the end of the list. Is it last in, first out or do the new ones go to the front... or is there some other criteria?
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
28 Apr 10
Hi, Wizzywig. I have tried to tag a discussion, but it did not work at all. It already had five keywords, and I could not add my own keyword, so I did not tag any discussion. To be honest with you, I don't think to tag a discussion. It is not really that important to me to do so.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
28 Apr 10
I dont often tag other peoples. I dont look for discussions by their tags and dont often notice them - unless something strange pops up on one of mine
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@cream97 (29166)
• United States
28 Apr 10
I have seen many of my discussion tagged that were not the keywords that I have used. I wondered strongly about that. I don't know if someone did this to be funny, like you stated in your post. I thought that it came from myLot categorizing my keywords into what they wanted the post to be tagged up under. Now that I know that it can be a person on this site that is tagging the discussions, I know that it can be done so in a rude way. When I post to a discussion, I am not so concerned about tagging. It is not a bog deal to me. Not to offend you or anything, I just don't really pay this any attention. I just continue to post. I don't even look at the end of the user's discussion, to see if I can add an tag to it.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
28 Apr 10
I am not at all offended - as I say, I often dont notice them myself
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• Pamplona, Spain
28 Apr 10
Hiya wizzy, I always tag but I never think of a tag to put in so I can find it again. To find this again is easy so I never think about the tags I put in not really. Never have given it much thought. Say if you were talking about Dogs I would not put in a tag about baked beans or such like.
@Wizzywig (7859)
28 Apr 10
Unless, presumably, you were responding to say that your dog liked baked beans???
@BarBaraPrz (20503)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
28 Apr 10
Aack! Keep that dog away from me! Their farts are bad enough without beans.
• Pamplona, Spain
28 Apr 10
Hiya Wizzy, That´s a good one. We had a Dog that loved macaronis and we would let him eat ours only every so often though and after that well having mentioned Baked Beans what about pasta with cheese and tomato sauce and a few other thing thrown in there? Never gave him baked beans though he did´nt care much for them either good job he did´nt.
@coffeegurl (1470)
• United States
29 Apr 10
I always tag, but see, I hate having to type in the tags, so my laptop remembers all thes tags, so all i have to do is press any key, and a 5 string tag pops up. Usually, I just type an"m" and the mylot tags pop up, but lately, I don't scroll down to the mylot, and I leave it under the Morrissey tags. I did recently find out that mylot is re-selling our posts all over the freakin' net. That is how they are making mad money. I feel they should pay us a lot more than a few pennies for posts, so in a way, I sabatoge and hide my personal comments and discussions by tagging them inappropriately.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
29 Apr 10
Most of the time, my computer doesn't even remember who I am never mind anything else! I see this is your act of rebellion is it? Power to the people
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• United States
29 Apr 10
Lol! Daughter of a Hippie..
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• United States
30 Apr 10
coffeefurl, it should be noted that inappropriate tagging is a form of abuse and if done repeatedly is a good way to lose a myLot account.
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@GoAskAlice (4346)
• United States
30 Apr 10
Hi Wizzywig! I do often find that discussions have tags that are irrelevant or inappropriate and I spend a good portion of my day removing them.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
30 Apr 10
Thanks for both your reply and your work in removing inppropriate stuff.
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@piya84 (2591)
• India
29 Apr 10
Hiii there Wizzywig I did it when i was new here.Just a childish curiosity.I was trying every thing which appear unknown to me on this site.After starting one two threads here i figure out it isnt my work. and person who started that threads should do that.After that i never did it.
@Wizzywig (7859)
29 Apr 10
I think thats fair enough. Usually, the person starting the discussion will have added their own appropriate tags. I suppose, when the discussion develops and changes direction, other tags may become relevant.
• United States
29 Apr 10
I usually use the skip button if I do not have anything to add to the tags that is relevant at all or if what I was gonna tag it with is already taken then I see no sense in actually putting it again. Some people may actually tag as you said because they feel that they have to. But, I for one do not feel obligated to put something of no relevance just to be able to say that I tagged a discussion. To me, it would seem better not to tag at all than to make up something absolutely irrelevant. That is just my opinion though.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
29 Apr 10
I quite agree. If there's nothing relevant to be added, why do it?
@BarBaraPrz (20503)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
28 Apr 10
I mostly "skip" but Imma gonna tag this one! Used to be if we put in five tags of our own, then other tags wouldn't show up, but that doesn't seem to hold any more. Now, we get this online version of grafitti...
@Wizzywig (7859)
28 Apr 10
Oooo, bit of a clue as to which is your tag there - original!
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@BarBaraPrz (20503)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
28 Apr 10
And it's still there...
@Hatley (164517)
• Garden Grove, California
5 May 10
hi wizzywig I have noticed that too and if its just a bit stupid but not mean or insulting I just shrug but if its insulting I will report it as my lot not an awfully long time ago made a fuss about people really putting insulting tags on other people's discussions. so I do try if I put a tag on one to make it make sense either in terms of the topic of the discussion or my response to it. I try to have it based on the discussion though.I tag often but not all the time and not if I see there are already a number of tags and mine would just be a repeat.
@Wizzywig (7859)
5 May 10
I didnt see it as mean or insulting, just a bit lazy or silly. Alice has commented on myLots view.
• Philippines
29 Apr 10
Well I do seldom find unusual tagging on other members topic, but on my own post, there's none because before I do post it, I myself would tag my discussion which would only be relevant to the topic and to avoid such nuisance. Especially if the topic could raise something which you don't want others to read, then better set off for your own tag. Is that selfishness ? then what is tagging for if others would be so annoying on posting irrelevant tags ? If Mylot does use tag for the traffic purposes, then so by all means we better get it done correctly. Yes, using user names as tag is really inappropriate. Some do post tags as offensive too. So to avoid such, then a user is, I guess entitled to tag his or her own topic.
@Wizzywig (7859)
29 Apr 10
Yes, I tag my own in the hope of only having relevant tags but it doesn't always seem to work out. No, I dont think its selfish to tag ones own discussions. We want people to read and respond to them.
@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
29 Apr 10
HI Wizzywig, I have noticed this point you are mentioning. I had even tags that incite the mylot admin to delete a particular post. One of them was eventually deleted. To be honest I am so busy answering posts and sometimes starting a new discussion that I have little time left to tag my own posts let alone that of the others.
@Wizzywig (7859)
29 Apr 10
Yes, I've had one or two where my post has been tagged as "hoax" etc. I tag my own discussions but tend to press 'skip' when responding to others.
• China
29 Apr 10
Yes, I've noticed that too, even in my own discussions. The tags added are totally irrelevant to the topic at hand. Sometimes I wonder how can some people come up with those weird ideas when tagging. Perhaps they add a tag randomly without thinking about the irrelevance. It's like a kind of job they have to finish regardless of the specific ways they adopt. I'm strongly opposed to such a thing. I'd rather they leave the tag option out there without adding anything more to it.
@Wizzywig (7859)
29 Apr 10
Quite so.Sometimes the tags can be very misleading. Personally, I dont search for discussions by tags but I know some people do. I think, maybe when people used to add their names, it was so their friends could find their comments and rate them.
@hora_fugit (5439)
• India
28 Apr 10
If I ever look at the tags while reading a discussion, that will be by accidents. No tags do make a exception though. And while responding I went to three phases regarding the tags: phase 1: Oh, ignore it. Who care! sometime before phase 2: Maybe I must tag. If ever I need them, if ever... phase 2: (something which is more like a one-two word answer rather than a tag) phase 3: tags which are related, to whole discussion not my answer only. I think people tag carelessly because... well, they don't care much!
@Wizzywig (7859)
29 Apr 10
I think you're quite right in your observation - people dont care too much about the tags
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
28 Apr 10
When I don't just close the tab at that point, I'm a skipper...
@Wizzywig (7859)
29 Apr 10
If people are finding the discussions and responding, then any extra tags are probably unnecessary.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Apr 10
I used to put my name on discussions that I'd responded to so that if I went back to the discussion it wouldn't ask me to put a tag again. But since the rule about not putting irrelevant tags, I stopped. Now I rarely tag discussions other than my own...
@Wizzywig (7859)
28 Apr 10
I mostly only tag my own.