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Display the tags of a post as an option, below the post text on the front page for logged in users?
posted by acro to Feature Requests at 9:24 AM (22 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:33 AM on June 6, 2007

tags for this post: seconded agreement firstcomment (hide tags)
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:35 AM on June 6, 2007

posted by carsonb at 9:35 AM on June 6, 2007

If the aim is to provide a better at-a-glance overview of what the thread is about, can I piggyback that sentiment with a request that people use descriptive titles rather than cute ones? Cute titles make skimming the RSS feed hard.

Since the posting screen already demands that posters make titles descriptive, perhaps admins could treat entirely undescriptive titles as broken, and insert something more suitable.
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 9:47 AM on June 6, 2007

a request that people use descriptive titles rather than cute ones?

This is a big issue with tags, too. When the back-tagging project is done there's gonna be a whole half of the archive with descriptive, searchable tags. The other half, though, is fraught with jokey, cute tags that ain't good for nothin' but a cheap gag. Which is one of the reasons I hesitate to hop on this pony, and am asking for a bit more reasoning first.

Anyway, no matter respectful request or flaming demand otherwise, a free-form text entry field will be abused.
posted by carsonb at 9:53 AM on June 6, 2007

Hey, how'd you get to post two metatalk questions in a row?!
posted by serazin at 10:21 AM on June 6, 2007

Oops. I'm dyslexic. I thought you were Arco.
posted by serazin at 10:22 AM on June 6, 2007

true dat
posted by grateful at 10:23 AM on June 6, 2007

I agree with showing the tags on the front page (at least having the option to do so) because I otherwise would not have clicked on the links on this thread (I had nothing to go on because there were no comments at the time).
posted by fallenposters at 10:27 AM on June 6, 2007

Great idea, in fact, I was going to post it here yesterday but got sidetracked. The problem of Cutesy vs. Descriptive is real though, as the title of this very thread indicates.

I think the penalty for intentionally cutesy tags should be deletion. But I'm harsh like that.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 11:14 AM on June 6, 2007

What? Tags in MeTa?
posted by blue_beetle at 11:36 AM on June 6, 2007

Tags in MeTa would be a higher priority, methinks. metafilterhistory only on the blue is like reading a Civil War book that doesn't mention any battles.
posted by Plutor at 12:16 PM on June 6, 2007 [1 favorite]

Building on the comments so far, if tags are too intrusive, what about a small autogenerated link to 'similar posts' using tags -- in the vein of the 'on this day 1, 2, 3, 4 years ago' links on the sidebar? To be useful, this might include encouraging users to add their name to tags...
posted by acro at 1:11 PM on June 6, 2007

I don't get what you're asking for. If what you want is to see posts that share the same tags, just click on the tag for a list. If you want to see posts by the same user, click on their username.
posted by grateful at 1:44 PM on June 6, 2007

I'm suggesting a couple new icons (i.e. in addition to the [+] and [!] ...perhaps [№] - for other posts by the OP, or [★] for posts with matching tag(s). IANAD
posted by acro at 2:23 PM on June 6, 2007

[misses the point]
[shakes head]
[walks away]
posted by grateful at 2:33 PM on June 6, 2007

[:) | ;) | :(]
posted by acro at 2:40 PM on June 6, 2007

Putting tags on the front page would just encourage the cutesy, artsy link-non-describers to put worse, less-literal, more-cutesy tags on their posts, wouldn't it?
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:37 PM on June 6, 2007

also, watch out for the over-hyphenators.
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:38 PM on June 6, 2007

Please don't put the tags on the front page, it'll start looking cluttered.

Personally, I would much prefer them to be in the title text of the comments/thread link, so that anyone curious enough to see the tags before clicking on the thread could just hover their mouse over it.
posted by Lush at 1:58 PM on June 7, 2007

title text == alt text (i.e.)
posted by Lush at 2:02 PM on June 7, 2007

Doing anything anywhere encourages everyone to do anything, lobstermitten. With that kind of attitude, we'd all just be sitting around banging rocks together and laughing at each other's tiny penises.
posted by Dave Faris at 2:54 PM on June 7, 2007

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