Dumping a tag


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Dumping a tag

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feb. 9, 2011, 12:53am

Any tags you've decided to stop using? Have you gone in and modified each book under that tag?

As the way I access my library changes, I will sometimes delete tags. I also try to make my library visitor-friendly with my tagging. Folly, I know, considering how subjective it all is.

I used to have some books tagged by their series (for example, Harry Potter books) but now that LT shows a link to the series for each book, I am going back in and removing those.

feb. 9, 2011, 5:06am

I've kept my series tags, becasue the series CK column isn't sortable, and the tags column is.

I know some of my tags fall out of favour, but I keep them anyway because that's what I felt about the book at the time I read it, even if I use a different phrase now. I will sometimes edit similar meanings together.

feb. 9, 2011, 5:19am

Dunno if it's what you mean, but I used to use a category of tag like "historical:1850s" to mean "the period of history in which this book is set is 1850-1859" but recently, it started to feel weird to use a "historical" label for books that were written with a contemporary setting in, say, 1852, or likewise for something written/set in 1984. So I switched it to "setting:1850s" or the like.

I'd also been uncomfortable with tags like "American classic" or "British literature", which were mainly terms I'd learned from my lit classes in school. A while ago, I decided to go with "American poetry" or "British fiction" or whatever instead, but it still didn't feel right. So a month or so ago, I started converting those tags to "origin:place". I'm still not entirely sure about the wording, but it'll be easy to convert them again in the future (not that I've finished the process yet - I keep getting distracted in the middle of things).

feb. 9, 2011, 5:20am

I have tags that duplicate other data Since Tag mash allows you to search for more than one thing.


Editat: feb. 9, 2011, 9:45am

Usually, if I decide that I have a better tag for a book, I put the new one in and keep the old one, unless the old one is misleading.

With all the tag combinations I've voted on, I am now seeing greater usefulness for multiple word tags, where I used to think tagmashes were satisfactory. A particularly good example would where for a city like Springfield, you would want the tag itself to be more complete by putting in 'Springfield Mass', or 'Springfield IL', rather than depending on 'Springfield' and a 'state name'. I might leave both versions in to allow for tagmashes to work.

feb. 9, 2011, 3:32pm

> exactly vpfluke it is the aggregation of tags that make them useful.

feb. 9, 2011, 10:06pm


Yup, sounds like me. I'm a bit obsessed with what I consider ideal and change my mind over the years.