Pony/suggestion: What about being able to browse posts by multiple tags, but with OR as opposed to merely AND. This would mostly be to combat tag redundancy, but could also be useful in general.
posted by sentient to Feature Requests at 12:22 PM (12 comments total)
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The thread about favorite-tagging reminded me of this.
Say I'm looking for posts about games. There are tags like "game," "games," and "gaming." But I can't view all of the posts tagged "game OR games OR gaming." Only "game AND games AND gaming," so I need to first browse by one, then the other, etc.
So, in conclusion, being able to browse posts by tag using combinations of AND and OR would be nice. (NOT would be interesting too.)
I don't know how tough this would be to implement, but it would be cool, post-finding-wise.
Here's an alternative:
Avoid redundant tags by giving tag suggestions as you type the desired tag. (I've seen this on other forums.) So when I make a post, if I start to type "gam," I'd see "games" as a suggestion, but not "game," so I would just select "games" as the tag.
In this framework, people would have the ability to add tags that don't yet exist (and thus wouldn't be auto-suggested), but I imagine that nobody would create a "game" tag if there were already a "games" tag, which the system suggested. Ideally, people would try a few different ways of expressing a concept before creating a new tag to express it, in order to maintain a lack of redundancy.
This seems a bit messy, though, since it would involve deleting preexisting tags from the master tag list, and deciding which tags are actually redundant.
I think I prefer the first idea.