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The origin of tags on AskMetafilter

SmallRequestFilter! The trend in Ask.Metafilter toward beginning posts with "XYZFilter!" is, I realized, an example of a feature added by users on their own. This way of starting posts is useful since it creates context immediately ("This post is about Cats!") and also self-categorizes. Why not formalize this so that when you create an ask.mefi post it asks you for a free-form category (e.g. cats). Then your post would look like this:

Cats: So, yesterday my cat fuzzy started doing something really strange....

And thus no more need for BlahBlahFilters.
posted by vacapinta on Aug 12, 2004 - 28 comments

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