posted on Feb, 2 2006 @ 01:04 AM
Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
For those who might feel inclined to add inappropriate tags or use the tags to comment on members, you will receive a 1000 point penalty for each tag
needs to be removed. If we need to remove three or more of your tags, your account will be terminated. This also may apply to tags that are more
opinion than fact if they cross the political line of unbiased tagging.
A couple of comments . . . have been tagging as indexing was an enjoyable part of my 6 years of library work. And, I habitually read a wide diversity
of stuff so I'm keenly interested in anything that makes looking up topics easier.
1. I think the 30 character limit is much too restrictive. I realize there's lots of merit in having a diversity of taggers. However, 30 characters
often limits to no more than 3-5 tags. Most meaningful tags that are more than one word long can take up the whole limit as one tag.
Perhaps it would be fruitful to the forum to allow those who have demonstrated a capacity and tendency to tag reasonably and well--sy by 25 or so good
tags--would have the limit increased to 50 or 75 characters.
2. I put a tag on a Gore thread that I thought was simply factual because of a LOT of usage on FREEREPUBLIC.COM. After I'd clicked submit, I wondered
if it might be misinterpreted as opinion or polemic or some such--which was not at all my intent. I just knew that a lot of people--particularly
FREEPERS--would find "sore loserman" a very useful, practical tag. This was all the more so because the particular thread involved was highlighting
Gore's unreasonably myopic, narrow, rigid, self-absorbed whining tendencies.
It's fine with me if such tags are removed. But I'd sure hate it--and not only because of the 1000 point penalty against points I don't have!
LOL--I'd hate to be even perceived as trying to do funny crass stuff with the tags. Not my intent at all. Not my style on such an important task. I
try hard to be objective, useful etc. as I would have with reference library tasks and duties.
But there are a wide variety of users who tend to look for threads and subjects FROM THEIR perspective and values. And, "sore loserman" is a handy
shorthand that up to 200,000+ FREEPERS could easily use as a search term.
I don't know therefore what. Perhaps it would be helpful for taggers to be able to go back and edit their contributions OR ANNOTATE potentially
questionable tags for the mods to consider in assessing such tags.
Thanks for a great website.