Backtaggers: When you backtag an AskMe post, do you base it solely on the original question, or do you incorporate information about comments/answers?
June 14, 2007 9:50 PM   Subscribe

Backtaggers: When you backtag an AskMe question, do you base your tags solely on the original question, or do you incorporate information about comments/answers? I realize there is probably no hard and fast rule, I'm just curious how y'all are doing it.
posted by Rock Steady to Etiquette/Policy at 9:50 PM (19 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Once in a while that's a great solution, and more tags on something is rarely a bad idea, but generally for this project we don't want people to have to read the whole thread. When people post a question, they don't know the answer already. Really conscientious people may go back and add the answer to a question in the tags if it's relevant, but I'd still say it's more than we'd expect for this round of the tagging project.
posted by jessamyn at 7:44 AM on May 24 [+] [!]

from here

posted by The Deej at 9:58 PM on June 14, 2007


Oops. Missed that somehow. Thanks, The Deej.
posted by Rock Steady at 10:06 PM on June 14, 2007


You're welcome.
When the Jabbas come back this will be soooo deleted! :) Or not.
posted by The Deej at 10:10 PM on June 14, 2007


When? Try if. I'm beginning to worry about the mods. Anyone know Osmanthus's whereabouts?
posted by Rock Steady at 10:18 PM on June 14, 2007


Oooo, ya I never thought of that Rock Steady! Now I won't sleep!!!
posted by The Deej at 10:20 PM on June 14, 2007


we don't want people to have to read the whole thread
But when I do (sometimes just to work out what the question is) and it's been answered, I add the tag because it's a 'great solution' and 'rarely a bad idea' and 'conscientious people may go back and add the answer as a tag' even though it's 'more than is expected' of me.
posted by tellurian at 12:29 AM on June 15, 2007


Actually, this is a grand opportunity to do a little backtagging update.....

Mefi: 22,513 untagged posts. (11,050 so far.)
Ask: 3,462 untagged posts. (5,964 so far.)

Almost 40% done!

dilettante has surpassed me as the all-time top tagger followed by divka, scratch, ThePinkSuperhero, blue_beetle, Hadroed, Rumple, CKmtl and trip and a half to fill out the top ten.

A few more notes for anyone who cares...

- tags aren't case sensitive, so don't go nuts with camel case unless you enjoy it
- a lot of people use tags like georgewbush without something like gwb or bush. not a huge deal but might want to consider all three
- people use brokenlink and deadlink pretty evenly. we'll change them all to one or the other at some point after this is all done.
- anyone who hasn't tried this yet, there is a tagging page that uses Yahoo keywords to pre-fill in the boxes. you still have to edit (and sometimes they're just wrong) but if you want to try it, email or IM me (or you can get it by adding _y to the end of the URL before the .cfm)

I am completely blown away by the work everyone is doing on this project, thanks so much! Anyone who wants to get involved, drop me an email.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:09 AM on June 15, 2007


Thanks jessamyn - I was just about to ask for that - haven't seen the update on the blue sidebar since the first one. I need to get back to tagging...
posted by allkindsoftime at 7:20 AM on June 15, 2007


Yaaay go taggers!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:32 AM on June 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


I've been adding tags to track the growth of the cabal. They're like masons, only friskier.
posted by blue_beetle at 10:44 AM on June 15, 2007


When we've finished backtagging existing posts, can we import some posts from a MeFi in an alternate dimension? It's too much fun!
posted by brundlefly at 11:43 AM on June 15, 2007


Jessamyn typed my username in MeTa!

*faints*
(Oh, and sorry I've slowed down... things got real busy for a while. I should have more time this weekend.)
posted by trip and a half at 12:07 PM on June 15, 2007


Jessamyn typed my username in MeTa!

Copied and pasted actually. Seriously whatever people want to do to help out is fine, don't feel that you need to even do a whole page of posts at a time. Thanks again.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:38 PM on June 15, 2007


(hoping she doesn't list the bottom 10)
posted by The Deej at 12:43 PM on June 15, 2007


I'd be interested to know who the top 10 were once the whole thing is done.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:10 PM on June 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


What The Deej said. I thought I'd help more, but it hasn't exactly worked out that way.
posted by deborah at 5:11 PM on June 15, 2007


Tagging is great fun, but holy crap are there are lot of BushSucks posts
posted by Razzle Bathbone at 5:16 PM on June 15, 2007


holy crap are there are lot of BushSucks posts
posted by Razzle Bathbone


Well. You know why...
posted by The Deej at 5:34 PM on June 15, 2007


Because Bush is the greatest President ever, and MeFites are so wonderfully ironic?
posted by brundlefly at 9:13 PM on June 15, 2007


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