Tagging functions updated July 12, 2005 10:52 PM   Subscribe

I changed the way tags are done on mefi. You can now delete your tags and make new ones on your posts. If this works out, I'll extend it to let you tag your mutal contacts as well (and I'll copy the functionality to ask mefi as well). Let me know if you run into any problems. Also, me and jessamyn can add and delete tags on any post and will use this to help keep things organized.
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 10:52 PM (44 comments total)

I tried adding a tag to a post. Just a blank page popped up (Firefox 1.0)
posted by Gyan at 11:35 PM on July 12, 2005


Oh, javascript is enabled and the JS console says, "toggleLayer is not defined".
posted by Gyan at 11:37 PM on July 12, 2005


Should be fixed now.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:53 PM on July 12, 2005


mathowie, I'm still getting the blank page when trying to add a tag. (firefox 1.0.4)
posted by peacay at 12:52 AM on July 13, 2005


♠ the little things
posted by NinjaPirate at 1:15 AM on July 13, 2005


Actually one other thing I've noticed. With those tags appearing in a box on the top right of the page, the width of text on the page has been reduced by about a 1/4. Meaning that one needs to scroll a hell of a lot further through threads that have lots of comments.
posted by peacay at 1:35 AM on July 13, 2005


Thank you so much for this! I had a misspelled tag on one of my threads and it was driving me NUTS. .
posted by LeeJay at 2:46 AM on July 13, 2005


Just realised I really messed up my HTML entity.

That was supposed to be a club.
posted by NinjaPirate at 3:12 AM on July 13, 2005


You get a blank page when adding? Have you tweaked firefox so that it doesn't allow redirects? Maybe some sort of ad blocker or something?

It works fine in my firefox 1.0.4.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:32 AM on July 13, 2005


I tweaked the layout slightly so that the margin doesn't push text flow and cause more scrolling.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:33 AM on July 13, 2005


blank page here too, firefox 1.0.5
posted by mr.marx at 3:36 AM on July 13, 2005


Thanks for the margin tweak. I use flashblock (+ metafilthy).
posted by peacay at 4:01 AM on July 13, 2005


Works for me on FireFox 1.0.4 and 1.0.5, and on Opera8; Win2K.
Both flashblock and metafilthy.
posted by NinjaPirate at 4:07 AM on July 13, 2005


Also, me and jessamyn can add and delete tags on any post and will use this to help keep things organized.

Wow. I don't mind additional tags but I hope you don't delete tags to "keep things organized" cos, Matt -- I noticed at Flickr that you tags things really weirdly :P
posted by nthdegx at 4:26 AM on July 13, 2005


bliss! Now I too, like LeeJay, can fix a misspelled tag!
posted by dabitch at 4:54 AM on July 13, 2005


Actually, I wonder if it is stumbleupon that is interfering - after clearing javascript console error messages and attempting to add tag, I get the same as error JS message Gyan has noted plus 2 errors for stumbleupon (content debug&modules). Oh well, no biggy.
posted by peacay at 4:55 AM on July 13, 2005


Awesome!
posted by Robot Johnny at 6:26 AM on July 13, 2005


so does this mean we will be able to tag contacts using any adjective we like? or will there be "editorial decisions"?
posted by andrew cooke at 6:27 AM on July 13, 2005


I'm getting a blank page popup on both IE6 and Moz1.7.1 (old Moz - can't upgrade it on this, my work computer)

when I first tried I saw the tags listed on the right with a box and a button that read "add a tag" which seemed to work - upon refresh I see the tags and a link to "add a tag" - the link gives me the blank popup.
posted by soplerfo at 7:24 AM on July 13, 2005


Great, I just made an FPP and the add/delete bar showed up fine for me. Good work.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:52 AM on July 13, 2005


Thank you for this. It will now be much easier for us all to go back and change all of our tags to read "quonsar quonsar quonsar quonsar quonsar quonsar quonsar".
posted by gramschmidt at 7:52 AM on July 13, 2005


Worked fine for me in FF 1.0.4 / Win2k.

Awesome. Thanks Matt!
posted by terrapin at 7:54 AM on July 13, 2005


Great! Finally! So long, "Any Rand!"

Thanks, Matt.
posted by soyjoy at 7:54 AM on July 13, 2005


So when are you and Jessamyn going to start tagging older threads that the original posters haven't tagged?
posted by grateful at 8:57 AM on July 13, 2005


So when are you and Jessamyn going to start tagging older threads that the original posters haven't tagged?

Please don't. Leave editorial decisions to the original posters.
posted by y2karl at 9:43 AM on July 13, 2005


If I want tags on my posts, I will put them on myself. I don't want other people doing it for me. Also, I can not delete the tag put on my post yesterday. I don't like that at all.
posted by y2karl at 9:46 AM on July 13, 2005


I just saw this, then came here. Thanks; it's nice.
posted by exlotuseater at 9:55 AM on July 13, 2005


gramschmidt, that's good, but we should be able to edit all the deleted posts tags too, just so that if people reference them (for some specific comment or link) they'll get
"dios dios dios AlexReynolds dios dios dios"
posted by mystyk at 9:55 AM on July 13, 2005


"Oh, no! #1 went back and quonsar'd my post!"

But, more seriously, [this is good].
posted by mystyk at 10:00 AM on July 13, 2005


Matt, on the serious tip, though, I just noticed that, in deleted threads like this one, the "Tags" box forces the reason-for-deletion box to wrap around in an awkward way.

I'm using Firefox 1.0.4 on Win2K. Changing text size fixes it, obviously, but FYI.
posted by gramschmidt at 10:27 AM on July 13, 2005


Ick, that is nasty.
If "reason" is "display:block; margin:0 150px 0 70px;" you're home free though.
posted by NinjaPirate at 11:30 AM on July 13, 2005

Also, me and jessamyn can add and delete tags on any post and will use this to help keep things organized.
AskMe: grad_school --> gradschool.
posted by cribcage at 12:11 PM on July 13, 2005


blank page on IE 6.0 for me too, with this text in the URL bar: javascript:toggleLayer('addtags');
posted by madamjujujive at 12:46 PM on July 13, 2005


If I want tags on my posts, I will put them on myself. I don't want other people doing it for me. Also, I can not delete the tag put on my post yesterday. I don't like that at all.

I'm making the archives more useful for everyone by adding keywords that lets them find your posts easier. So if you make a post by Iraq, but for whatever reason you feel the need to avoid this feature, no one will ever find it in a tag search for "Iraq".

Did you want people to find your posts, or not? Why does it matter to you? You sound like an author complaining about a librarian putting your book on a shelf with a dewey decimal number instead of leaving it in a pile somewhere in the library.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:45 PM on July 13, 2005 [1 favorite]


Oh, thanks for the .reason CSS fix. Just added.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:48 PM on July 13, 2005


Another blank page here (upon clicking "add tag"). Firefox 1.0.4. The togglelayer thingy.

So long, "Any Rand!"

Aw. Too bad. Unless, of course you changed it to "Randy An"

posted by taz at 2:56 PM on July 13, 2005


Leave editorial decisions to the original posters.

Tags are not editorial decisions, and it's not very useful when posters use them as such. They are finding aids. Please make the tags as helpful as possible. If Matt wants to change the tags on my old posts, it's okay by me.
posted by grouse at 3:14 PM on July 13, 2005


I changed the javascript on the add a tag link. Still get a blank page?
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:56 PM on July 13, 2005


Works perfectly now for me.
posted by taz at 5:02 PM on July 13, 2005


me and jessamyn jessamyn and I
Sorry, it was kust bugging me too much to leave it alone. Sorry, sorry, sorry.

posted by dg at 7:59 PM on July 13, 2005


Shit. Even if I don't proofread any other comments, I should at least do so when I am playing Grammar Nazi.
posted by dg at 8:13 PM on July 13, 2005


Works perfect Matt. Thanks.
posted by peacay at 11:54 PM on July 13, 2005


working fine for me now, thanks!
posted by soplerfo at 8:07 AM on July 14, 2005


dg writes "Shit. Even if I don't proofread any other comments, I should at least do so when I am playing Grammar Nazi."

It's like an internet karma thing. I'd bet better than 50% of grammer/spelling corrections contain their own error.

I was a little uncomfortable with Matt adding tags to my posts but his Dewey Decimal analogy makes sense.
posted by Mitheral at 9:57 AM on July 14, 2005


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