Hello! 'nother important post here! Please read!Firstly, I refer you back to the discussion post here and urge you all to at least say 'Do as you wish, because I don't care', or 'guidelines suck!' or the like. (So far, the guidelines proposed would be a friendly reminder that lj-cutting large bodies of text is a very nice thing to do, as is having a place to note down friending policies. And guidelines for round-ups and tags are considered a good thing to have, but no further discussion has occurred there yet. More about the latter two in this post.)
Secondly, this is a question I've raised before without (much of a) response. I'm hoping this time will be different. We can most certainly have more than 100 tags, which should be more than plenty. (Actually, I thin I may have misremembered the limit, and it's a limit on character length instead.) For this, I apologise.
Nevertheless, the tags on this community are just that community
tags. All of us can add, edit and remove tags, which increases the risk for ending up with a whole list of tags that's unusable as a whole, because people treat it as their own private tags list.
I'm not saying 'Stop adding tags!'
, just to have a care with them when you do. Make sure there isn't a similar tag or a better one already in place. And please, if it isn't too much trouble, drop me a line somewhere so I can update the definition tags list so we can keep the tags list an efficient tool to find what we want.
Or, hey, why not plaster the tag definitions onto the userinfo which those who partook in the discussion on guidelines so far are in favour of. Then everyone can a) easily find the definitions, b) add in any additions/changes without prodding me. (I don't mind being prodded, but it'd be useful if I went AWOL and someone decides to turn the list upside-down and doesn't make a new definition post. ^-~)
That's pretty much my suggestion as far as tags usage is concerned. 'Make sure your tag doesn't exist in a different form, make sure it is usable for everyone in a community sense (e.g. 'drabble' is a general usage tag, 'assp'1
is not), and let people know of its existence and intended use.
Thirdly, for round-ups, the general guidelines seem to be 'rosiphelee
takes care of them around Wednesday/Thursday unless real life gets in the way and people can take over as needed. The sidebar holds a link to an easy to copy/paste round-up template for people to use, and add the appropriate things on the community f-list in the appropriate categories with a short explanation in most cases.'
Everyone all right with that or does it bear altering?1) assp: Short for 'A Song So Pure', a storyverse I'm working on. As such, it's a tag no one but me would have any use for, unless people decided to ask me a question about that through this community, which is unlikely.
I'm responding to about half the comment up here, because it means I have to say this only once instead of half a dozen times. I'll probably note that in comments. I do not want
strict guidelines on tags. Nor do I want a gazillion of them (if I wanted a gazillion of tags I wouldn't bring this up :p). What I do
want is near enough the same as what most people seem to want, although apparently this was not as obvious to everyone else as to me, for which I apologise. (Welcome to the chaos that is my mind in its most orderly fashion, by the way. ^-~)
Personally, I think the tags we have now are fine. In the months that we've had them, we've only added two (minus username tags which hardly count) and edited, well, two to make them more generally applicable. The same two. (I remain firm that the discussion 'plural-singular' should take place to see which is more intuitive to use and stick with that, but that's a different matter and more ostinacy than any practical use, I suppose.)
Imagine for a moment what would happen if we used the following tags for the same thing: nano, nanowrimo, nanowrimo*year*, nano*year*, national novel writing month, nanonovel, etc. Gets a bit impractical (and long), no?
Really the only guidelines I proposed (or meant to propose at any rate are): 'make sure there is no acceptable alternative readily available' and 'when tags are added, make sure everyone's clear on their usage'. That's it. Fini. All there is. We're all intelligent people (regardless of certain members' inability to phrase things properly, I should hope, or I fear I must question my presence at any form of higher education. ^-~). We shouldn't need a reminder that the tags list we use is not for everyone's personal use, but for a collective use.
There is no point in creating a tag called 'writing', because being a community of writers that's only a natural topic of discussion, to name a redundant example. There is no point in tagging all
posts with a specific explanatory tag, as Alyssa noted. I concur with that. Actually, I hope it is now clear(er) that I concur with a lot of the points said and am just terrible at explaining myself in a proper, intelligible fashion. ^-^
That help clear up my view any? Oh, and lastly, apologies for not
using an lj-cut on this post like I probably should have at least this time around, but given the topic and that it concerns all of us, I thought it permissable. Besides, there's been a while to allow friends posts to pile up, so hopefully it won't eat up too much space. ^-~