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Misleading Tags August 6, 2006 10:31 PM   Subscribe

Please don't create deliberately misleading tags. Thankee.
posted by mediareport to Etiquette/Policy at 10:31 PM (32 comments total)

Bush, iraq, israel, Scientology, mp3 and OneHandClapping? What the fuck, blue_beetle?
posted by mediareport at 10:32 PM on August 6, 2006


Yeah, that's stupid. Way to make a dumb joke and fuck up the tag system.
posted by bob sarabia at 10:34 PM on August 6, 2006


In what context could the tag "MisleadingTags" be misused and fuck up the tag system? It seems to be working okay.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:51 PM on August 6, 2006


You mean the tag system isn't a joke? I mean, did we ever settle on "colbert" "stephencolbert" "stephentcolbert" or "stephentruthcolbert"? Or "fred"?
posted by mischief at 10:52 PM on August 6, 2006


I found the tags to be funny (with the punchline of "misleading tags") and very much in the spirit of the reviews linked. But just because it made me laugh doesn't make it useful to the community.

Just voicing this so that if they get deleted, blue_beetle will know it had the intended effect and all parties will be happy.
posted by Brainy at 10:55 PM on August 6, 2006


Blazecock, the "MisleadingTags" tag is icing; the Bush, iraq, israel, etc. tags are the deeper issue. And mischief, haha and all, but while there's plenty about the tag system I'd change if it was my site, you get what I mean just fine: given the imperfections in the system, there's no reason to deliberately fuck with it in ways designed to add noise to future tag searches.

[Yeesh. I can't believe I have to explain that.]
posted by mediareport at 10:57 PM on August 6, 2006


We have tag searches?
posted by mischief at 11:14 PM on August 6, 2006


Oh wah wah wah. It's not like everyone is doing it.
posted by reklaw at 3:01 AM on August 7, 2006


Somebody's cranky!
posted by thirteenkiller at 3:59 AM on August 7, 2006


He forgot 'Poland'.
posted by Slithy_Tove at 4:06 AM on August 7, 2006


"We have tag searches?"
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 4:40 AM on August 7, 2006


I'm with you, mediareport - this is one of my pet peeves, but it is a losing battle to complain about it. People who don't value tags think that none of us should. Do what I do. Make a little voodoo effigies of the tag-abusing posters and stick pins in them.
posted by madamjujujive at 5:20 AM on August 7, 2006


quonsar got himself a timeout for tagging all of his posts with "quonsar." Don't mess with the tags.
posted by caddis at 6:34 AM on August 7, 2006


Tags Fixed
posted by blue_beetle at 6:48 AM on August 7, 2006


Please don't use mystery meat navigation.
posted by KirkJobSluder at 7:04 AM on August 7, 2006


Tags Fixed

NotBush, NotIsrael, NotScientology...cute, very cute.

*sticks pins in blue_beetle voodoo effigy*
posted by mediareport at 7:15 AM on August 7, 2006


lol @ blue_beetle.
brilliant
posted by Baby_Balrog at 9:11 AM on August 7, 2006


Couldn't we just have a proper sear search mechanism? Please?
posted by Space Coyote at 9:30 AM on August 7, 2006


Can someone get me some coffee? I'm out. TIA.
posted by thirteenkiller at 11:06 AM on August 7, 2006


Also I wouldn't say no to a foot rub.
posted by thirteenkiller at 11:06 AM on August 7, 2006


You gotta type /tags/blah into the URL? To hell with that!
posted by mischief at 11:31 AM on August 7, 2006


As long as we're talkin' tags, the tag page (for example, MisleadingTags) contains the text "Please check out the list of all available tags." But shouldn't it read "Please check out the list of all tags used to date"? I mean, "all available tags" would be a list of all the "words" you could create with a standard keyboard.
posted by grateful at 12:56 PM on August 7, 2006


No, because until they're used to tag a post, they're just words. They don't become tags until they're tagged onto a post.

Silly person.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 1:27 PM on August 7, 2006


The tags are FUCKING AWESOME.

End of story.
posted by scrump at 2:25 PM on August 7, 2006


Do they somehow make tags less useful?
posted by absalom at 5:35 PM on August 7, 2006


this thread needs an elephant pissing.
posted by shmegegge at 5:54 PM on August 7, 2006


absalom and scrump, you may have missed the start of the thread, when the tags were "Bush," "Iraq," Israel" and other things like that, which definitely did make those tags less useful. "NotBush," "NotIraq," etc. is marginally better because there's less of a chance the noise will show up for anyone else searching for posts about those topics.

End of story.
posted by mediareport at 6:07 PM on August 7, 2006


In fact, if b_b had used the "Not..." tags to start with, I assure you this MeTa thread wouldn't exist.
posted by mediareport at 6:15 PM on August 7, 2006


Ah, well, that makes everything a lot more clear cut.
posted by absalom at 6:32 PM on August 7, 2006


I think his post needs more "Not..." tags.

Is it about videogames?! YES OR NO DAMMIT
posted by graventy at 8:00 PM on August 7, 2006


Christian
Science
Monitor

heheh
posted by mischief at 8:42 PM on August 7, 2006


geez. People just don't get it, do they?
posted by bob sarabia at 9:50 PM on August 7, 2006


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