Tagging Can Be Helpful, But Only If It Is Done Right

United States
June 20, 2010 12:42pm CST
I find bizarre tags for discussions. For example, I just saw a discussion asking "Where is Osama Bin Laden?" And it was tagged 'he has friends.' That should be an answer, not a tag. Now, seriously, who is going to search for 'he has friends' and hope to find a discussion on a well-known terrorist? Have you come across discussions that are tagged strangely? What bizarre tagging have you seen? Do you even tag the discussions you create or the discussions you respond to?
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@allknowing (66538)
• India
21 Jun 10
I found one which was even worse. Someone wanted to know things about the State where on lived and under similar discussions was a topic "The state of affairs ....." This is the state of affairs of tagging I am afraid!!This tagging business has devastating effects and something serious needs to be done about it. May be tagging could be taken up by Admin so that such blunders are avoided imho!
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• United States
21 Jun 10
Oh goodness. Now, that's not something that I would reply to if I looked up 'state.' That's a tricky tag though, because state has different meanings. How annoying. That's a good idea except the administrators have a lot more to do, you know? It'd be nice, but we need to be able to do our part and do it well.
@allknowing (66538)
• India
21 Jun 10
Provided Admin does it well too. I am on yet another site and we all have hilarious times looking at tags there organised by the Admin there!
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
20 Jun 10
I tag, but rarely do I pay attention to what tags a discussion has..After all, trying to find a discussion by searching with tags rarely works for me..That is why if I really want to keep a post, I save it instead of searching it. So, I wonder, what will come up besides this post if I search for "he has friends"...lol
• United States
20 Jun 10
See, I searched in the discussions for "he has friends" and no post showed up...
• United States
20 Jun 10
It didn't work because the search engine isn't working! I get annoyed with irrelevant tagging of discussions. I don't want to search for something and get a totally different discussion.
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@slovenc1 (2092)
• Slovenia
20 Jun 10
Hahaha good point and i don't think anyone would search him here anyway even if tagged. But that certainly isn't a good tag. I don't know how to optimize the way i tag and exactly how it works but come on it's better not to tag than to tag "he has friends". Anyway when i don't feel like tagging i leave it because other members sometimes tag your discussion which might be good or not but what can we do.
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• United States
20 Jun 10
Yeah, sometimes other members tag my discussions and I'm like 'Wait a minute, why did that tag it that word? That makes no sense!" It's annoying sometimes. And of course I'm not going to search for Osama Bin Laden.
@slovenc1 (2092)
• Slovenia
20 Jun 10
Yes it is a bit annoying when you pick tags in relation to your discussion and than you see some inappropriate tags. It's meant to work so that the most used tags are shown but if only you and one other member tag a discussion you might end up with something you didn't want. But it's not optimizing your site so let's say it isn't that important.
@de_toya (2434)
• Indonesia
21 Jun 10
That was very strange tags! What did bizarre thought when typed the tags? I have never seen like discussion tagged strangely like that. But I have ever seen user tagged their discussions with many words. They made discussions contain only two lines but the tags pick almost all the word in the discussions. Even, in answersland.com, I found questions those tagged whole questions. Perhaps, they didn't understand what was tag and what was it for.
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• United States
22 Jun 10
It's probably mostly because they don't both er to read the guidelines. The guidelines are very helpful. Tags are helpful when they are words, or even a s tring of words, but not a sentence.
@qianyun6 (2069)
• China
21 Jun 10
Hello, StephanieAnnC! You gave useful advice. Tags are important. I havn't noticed tags when I read discussions, so I can't give out some bizarre tags, but I have noticed one point, some tags are really long, including nearly ten words. Who will search with a keyword including ten words? As for adding tags, I tags every discussion I started, but when responding, I usually skip tags unless I find a perfectly suitable one.
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• United States
21 Jun 10
Thanks for the nice compliment! It made me smile. I wouldn't search for ten keywords. One is good enough. I always tag my own discussions as well. Sometimes I skip tagging when I respond to other discussions, sometimes I don't. It depends if I have any additional tags to add.
@ellie333 (21029)
20 Jun 10
Hi Stephanie, A couple of years ago someone put very abusive tagsinto a poetry discussion I had started, the whole discussion was deleted because of it so now I try to make sure I tag my own discussion with at least five relevant topics so this cannot be done. In others discussion I genuinely tag something to do with the topic, ie: if about prayers, pray or God never something random like that. Huggles. Ellie :D
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• United States
20 Jun 10
That really stinks! I wonder why that happened! I haven't encountered a 'bad' person here on myLot yet. I hope I never do!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
25 Jun 10
A while back there was an episode of rude tagging going on, things like "you are a b*tch" and such. So myLot put in a new rule that tags had to be pertinent to the discussion. I don't know how strictly they enforce it, but they do enforce it. So if you see anything that it totally off base in a tag, you are within your rights to report it.
• United States
25 Jun 10
That's terrible! I can't believe people would do that. Well, actually, I can believe it. I just find it pointless. I think they enforce it. They enforce hte guidelines for the discussions we create and the responses we post, so why wouldn't they enforce tagging well?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
25 Jun 10
They do to a point, ie nasty tags, probably not so much off topic tags.
• United States
21 Jun 10
Way too funny! I would imagine people who do such tagging really don't understand exactly how to tag. Or maybe they are serious about how they tag. Too weird though. I would think if I am even tagging correctly, it would be something like Osama, Bin-laden, fiends, search.... I would think my tagging would be right, but if it isn't it certainly wouldn't be that way. But you never know, maybe it is Osama, friends doing such. After all Osama followers believe we are ignorant....ahahahaha Great discussion! :)
• United States
21 Jun 10
Thanks for the compliment. It made me smile. I like creating interesting discussons! Indeed Osama's followers think we're ignorant. Which, we might be a little bit too wrapped in politics to notice. I surely wouldn't tag that discussion as 'he has friends.' How eerie!
• United States
22 Jun 10
I am with you on that one. I wouldn't accept a friendship request from him. LOL I suppose we have learned too much about his practices to even consider. But hey there are many reasons why people themselves feel it's okay to befriend him. However for the life of me I can't comprehend that. I feel I have well educated and intellectual friends to even consider....LOL
• Poland
28 Jun 10
When I tag a discussion I try to think what I would type into a search box if I wanted to find it, and use those words as a tag. I am quite lazy though, and I usually don't bother to tag discussions I respond to.
• United States
29 Jun 10
That's a good method. I'm going to try that from now on. I always have trouble tagging things. I feel like none of my tags are ever relevant enough. Thanks!
@sagar21 (1583)
• India
21 Jun 10
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yep,tag is actually a metadata that describes an item/topic which helpsit to be found again by browsing or searching..... but I mylot users use it for spamming also....when we search keywords we get topics with unrelated taggs..or no results at all..... not only in mylot it seen in video streaming sites like youtube,metacafe... so tag em properly..... thanks for the topic.... have a great day/night.....
• United States
22 Jun 10
I hate spamming. It's so unneeded. No one needs to spam. I wish some people just followed the rules instead of disobeying them. It makes things so much nicer and easier to handle, don't you think?
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
21 Jun 10
Hey Steph! The tag "he has friends" was put there by someone who wants to alarm us! It was put there on purpose! It was either put there by someone who wants us to be scared or by someone who is serious and if that is the case then there needs to be a serious investigation by the FBI! I don't count out things like that! They could be very real threats! We don't know who is on this site! Maybe that should be reported to MyLot admin and have them check it out! I don't like that kind of stuff! I don't ever tag my discussions and my last one came up with "Mature Content" and there wasn't anything Mature in my discussion! I don't like some of the stuff going on here!
• United States
21 Jun 10
@Opal: It's just a tag, my friend. Breathe. We're not going to die of a threatening tag. This discussion is tagged mature content as well. If you read one of the responses here, it jokes about mature content tags, so I'm guessing that's where it came from.
@rosekiss (30268)
• Eugene, Oregon
21 Jun 10
Yes, I do agree that tagging is helpful. I will tag only when I can come up with the proper keyword or words to put in the box. I have seen bizarre tags, and since none of us knows who does that tagging, we really can't do anything about it. I have had nasty tags on my discussion already, at least one that I know of. Someone said the one discussion I did was a guideline violation, but it never did get deleted, so that was a bad tag if you ask me. Now, if I feel that someone has violated the guidelines I will tell them so in my response, and not put that as a tag, however, others have put that as a tag. I just did myself on a discussion that I know will be deleted. I sure wish that people wouldn't be so mean when they tag, and stick with the topic, which is what I try to do. Like I said, I don't tag all the time, but if I can come up with the right keywords I most certainly will. Good luck to you and happy mylotting.
• United States
21 Jun 10
Oh wow. That's the worst: to have your discussion deemed a guideline violation when in fact, it isn't.I'm glad I haven't come across any 'mean' myLotters here. That's good that it wasn't deleted though. I usually tell the people that they are violating guidelines in a post as well. I don't think I've ever tagged a discussion as a guideline violation. I feel that it's a bit rude because most of the discussion people create that violate the rules aren't on purpose. It's mostly from ignorance.
@Jacobus1919 (1683)
• Philippines
21 Jun 10
Well, Tagging helps alot when searching. The write meta tag allows people who uses keywords to do searches and allow them to get certain hits that might or will answer their problems.