Silly myLot questions, ver. 1.1

United States
February 20, 2007 1:00am CST
I guess there are some things about this site I just haven't figured out yet. Like, for example, when we leave a response on someone's discussion, we are offered the option to add some relevant "tags." What actually "happens" to these tags? When you see discussions in a list-- from search, or from just looking at the front page-- discussions seem to all have 5 tags, or fewer. But if a discussion has 30 responses, and even just 1/2 add tags, you'd end up with MANY more than 5 tags. So where do they go? Do they end up in the discussion's meta tags? Or is it just a "typing exercise" with no really purpose? Inquiring minds want to know....
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
21 Feb 07
They are similar to meta tags, but they are supposedly used for people who are searching about a certain subject. I think it is suppose to help so everyone will not have the same discussion. But the way I see it is if everyone on here had the same discussion I would not mean I would be responding. I don't usually look at any of the discussions other than my friends, so unless one of my friends starts and tags a discussion I will not be responding. Basically i never do a search for a particular subject. But I am sure there are people who do so we have the tags.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
I figured they probably were some kind of meta tag, yes-- I thought perhaps they got put into the "keywords" area of the HTML header. I guess we look for discussions the same way. Most of the new people I add come from reading comments on my friends' discussions.
@moonmagick (1458)
• United States
20 Feb 07
I vote for the searchable database reasoning. But perhaps you are correct. It may be a hidden way for us all to get quicker at typing and come up with more creative descriptive terms. :) I also love the tags that dont fit the discussion at all. For instance I posted about my sons chronic ear infections and someone tagged it as mature content. LOL.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
I think some of the tags people type in are little more than random words. I've worked with indexing web sites, and actually coming up with good keywords is a bit of an art. Weird that ear infections would get tagged as "mature." :-D
@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
20 Feb 07
My best guess is that they go into a database and when you search for a word or words in the mylot search up at the top of your page, then it searches these discussions for matching tags. That seems to make some sort of sense doesn't it ? cause when you search it even pulls up peoples private messages on mylot.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
Yeah, it makes sense that they end up in a database-- I guess maybe we just can't see all of them. The fact that private messages show up in search results is a bit unnerving, sometimes...
• Philippines
20 Feb 07
as what i have read here in mylot guidelines, those tags will help the mylot community to classify, group and link posts and discussions that are related to each other. this will make it easier for the users and the administrators to check and update the topics and discussions in this site. just like the posts seen under a discussion one is reading, these will tell you related topics in that area you might be interested in.
• United States
22 Feb 07
That's pretty much my understanding, too... I just never see more than 5 tags listed for a discussion, even when it has 100 responses.
@sunita64 (6473)
• India
22 Feb 07
Tags are like search words, whenever you put a word in search then if it has been submitted as tags in all the discussions will open. But actually everyone selects a tag which is relevant for the comment you have made or is related to the topic, so some of us submit the similar tag, so the number of tags do not increase much as I have observed in my discussions.