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    New Forum Feature - Tags

    Hello everyone.

    As some of you have noticed, with the recent forum update there have been a number of new features added to the forum. One of the best and most powerful new features is called 'tags'. To make this feature successful, we need your help!

    Tags are a way to improve our ability to search the forum and all the threads it contains. This is done by associating certain key descriptive words with a thread so that it will be displayed when a search is done for that term. As the number of tagged threads grows, our ability to search through the information, and to organize it in different ways, will grow immensely.

    Tags are added in two ways, and they can be contributed to by any registered user! Everyone should participate.

    The first way to add tags is when creating a new thread. Just below the message text window is a 'Tags text box'. This is where you can type in descriptive words that sum up what the new thread is about. For instance, for a new thread about ridge line cording, appropriate tags might be 'cord, rope, ridge line, suspension'. You can add up to 5 tags when creating the thread.

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    Tags aren't limited to being added when a thread is created, though! We all know that the conversation in a given thread can tend to evolve and grow, and as that happens new tags can be added to encompass the expanded topic of the conversation. Again, anyone can help to add the tags! At the bottom of every thread, just above the reply window, is a small field containing all the tags that are associated with that thread. To add new tags, you just click the 'edit' button on the right side of that field and type in a new tag. Simple! Each user can add up to 2 tags per thread.


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    So, as you use the forum, please help us to generate our base of tagged threads by using this feature. If you see a thread have a new topic discussed that isn't described in the tags, then tag it. And, if you happen to be going through an old thread with no tags, take a moment to add appropriate tags. If we all pitch in, keep the tags relevant and on point, then this new feature can become a successful and powerful new way to find information. Thanks for your help!
    Last edited by angrysparrow; 05-08-2008 at 13:48.
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    This will certainly make searching easier.
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    I've caught myself adding tags to threads that look on topic I find in the today's post. I want to say it is very quick and easy to use. If you are going to click to read a thread it only takes a second to add some tags.

    As to how many tags you get:

    Thread Creator: 5 Tags
    Thread Reader : 2 Tags

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knowledgeengine View Post
    Thread Creator: 5 Tags
    Thread Reader : 2 Tags
    That's a good point that I meant to include in the original post. It has now been added.
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    Dang, I was going to add the tag "Tag" but somebody already did that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayS View Post
    Dang, I was going to add the tag "Tag" but somebody already did that!
    I actually thought of that while writing up the announcement.
    I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt. - Cormac McCarthy

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    Lightbulb Tagging important/favorite old articles

    I was thinking it would be nice if some of you would help me tag the old articles. I did the DIY HH tutorial, and plan on looking for more of my favorites. But, I can only give two tags per thread. If we all pitch in we can make sure the old threads don't get lost as people use this new feature to search. This should also hopefully help eliminate repeat questions.

    I am loving the tags, because I can tag my favorite threads that I like to reference as I make gear. Then, it is very easy to get to where I need to be, as opposed to sifting through innumerable similar threads that are just not exactly the one that I wanted. Thanks for the upgrade!

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    This is sure to be a great feature. Coming from a rookie who spends hours searching these forums for answers..

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    Hi
    I just added a new thread and tried to add a couple of tags but was told that "down" is too common a word and would be not allowed.
    Thanks great feature though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunn parker View Post
    I just added a new thread and tried to add a couple of tags but was told that "down" is too common a word and would be not allowed.
    I'm looking into a way to edit the 'common words' list, but it's not entirely clear yet. In the meantime, I would suggest using other appropriate descriptive words where appropriate.
    Last edited by angrysparrow; 05-13-2008 at 22:02.
    I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt. - Cormac McCarthy

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