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Post tags and deadnames

I posted Daniel Mallory Ortberg’s latest instalment of his ongoing serial fic. When tagging the post, I was conflicted about tagging it with his deadname (which is “Mallory Ortberg”. Two questions: 1) on a technical level, will tagging with his full name link up with older posts tagged with his deadname, since the latter is included in the former? He’s the same author, and that continuity of work seems valuable. 2) on a trans-etiquette level, is this shitty and equivalent to deadnaming? (I’m more interested in hearing what trans folks have to say on this one.) I ended up tagging the post with his name and his deadname but I’m questioning that.
posted by sixswitch on Nov 20, 2019 - 22 comments

Metafilter Scroll Tag has disappeared

The "Metafilter Scroll Tag" Greasemonkey script has stopped functioning. As in, the tag no longer appears, and the unread count isn't shown. Just me or is anyone else experiencing this? [more inside]
posted by team lowkey on Apr 29, 2019 - 6 comments

A tag-searhc Pony

Sometimes people misspell their tags on posts. An example: this old post of mine which I tagged with bobbygentry instead of bobbiegentry. (I’ve since fixed this.) Right now, when you search by tag you get back a list of matching tags and tags that contain your search as a substring. I think it would be helpful if we also returned a list of results that have similar spellings in case the post you’re trying to find has a tag typo.
posted by Going To Maine on Apr 21, 2018 - 47 comments


What are some of your favourite custom MetaTags. I was given the opportunity to create the #gayblacksanta tag with my most recent post and I was smiling as I typed it out. You have your every day #science #books #videogames kind of tags (and of course these are important and useful). But then you have those special ones that are specific to a particular post. They're often one-off kind of tags and may not ever be used again based on their specificity. What are some of your favourites?
posted by Fizz on Dec 18, 2017 - 23 comments

unique distinct idiosyncratic peculiar

I've noticed that I use a pair of tags for my front page posts that no other or only a few other posters use. Doing some digging, I've found a few unique or highly limited tags. Do you know of any more? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jul 4, 2014 - 53 comments

Another Flag Category?

Similar to fffm's pony request from January, I wonder whether it would be possible to add another flag category or two. [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Mar 6, 2014 - 72 comments

How do you decide which tags to include?

When constructing FPPs for the blue, how do you determine which tags to use? Nouns, proper nouns, verbs, adjectives, things that appear in your post, things that don't appear in your post, number of tags? I'm rarely ... no, never ... happy with the tags I assign to a post and wonder if they are rubbish, and future readers interested in the subject will never find it because of insufficient tagging, or readers not interested in the post will come across it because of vague or overdone tagging. Reminded of this issue when looking at, and admiring, the (IMHO) beautifully contextual and comprehensive tagging that has gone into that post. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Dec 6, 2013 - 67 comments

Unpopular Tags

The page Popular tags on MetaFilter has a list of the 150 most-used tags. What about the least-used tags? Is there a list of tags that have only been used once? What about a list of tags only used by one user?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Feb 13, 2013 - 39 comments

Also, I would like an inter-engine fermentation system.

We have clouds for the top 150 tags posted to Mefi, Music, Meta, Jobs, IRL and Ask. We can see the top ten tags we've used listed on user profiles. Would it be possible to view all tags (or a greater subset than 'top ten') for individual users, either in a list or cloud form? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jan 23, 2013 - 15 comments

Two new tags: Updated and ReAsk

Let's create two new special tags for AskMe: Updated and ReAsk [more inside]
posted by alms on Jun 19, 2012 - 11 comments


This is going to be my first feature request on the site. I was wondering if it'd be possible to add a Sarcastic Font tag to our arsenal of HTML when posting. As many of you are aware, it is sometimes extremely hard to convey sarcasm in written text, and I think this would really benefit some people by spelling out when someone is being sarcastic. Here are some examples of its use. Thank you for your time, and just so you know, HAMBURGER jokes are so 2011 (or whenever that was first introduced).
posted by gman on Dec 16, 2011 - 105 comments

Staff Markers in MetaTalk

We just added (staff) markers in the bylines here in MetaTalk if the commenter is a mod. [more inside]
posted by pb on Oct 4, 2011 - 273 comments

A tiny, corralled pony

Can we mobile users have more HTML composition buttons? [more inside]
posted by jtron on Apr 6, 2011 - 73 comments

This pony is too small.

Would it be possible to raise the maximum number of mefimails to 100 per hour? [more inside]
posted by TwelveTwo on Jan 11, 2011 - 143 comments

Simpson AND Homer AND NOT O.J. AND NOT Ashley

Pony filter: Combine tags so as to EXCLUDE questions that have some specified tag. [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Nov 21, 2010 - 15 comments

Can't delete tags

Can't delete tags on my most recent post.... [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 13, 2010 - 14 comments

Boolean Tag Searching and Tag Redundancy

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. [more inside]
posted by sentient on Mar 15, 2010 - 12 comments

Bad Tags

Do you use tags to search MeFi? [more inside]
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Mar 1, 2010 - 67 comments

Indexing tags for search

Small pony: MeFi search doesn't index tags. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Dec 15, 2009 - 12 comments

Italics tag gone awry

Interesting bug: I forgot to close an italics tag the other day, and it seems to have affected my comment history. Will this be a problem for future generations of MeFites?
posted by SeizeTheDay on Oct 15, 2009 - 13 comments

tag = tags

Can a tag search for "thing" also return "things"? [more inside]
posted by mkultra on May 26, 2009 - 33 comments

Spoiler tag?

Pony: A spoiler tag. [more inside]
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing on Feb 24, 2009 - 37 comments

Show me your nostrils!

A tale of two questions.... [more inside]
posted by grateful on Aug 12, 2008 - 73 comments

Using the stumped tag in askme

Since promoting the resolved tag worked so well, how about promoting the stumped tag?
posted by drezdn on Jul 1, 2008 - 20 comments

So we can all be like y2karl ... okay, maybe that's not a positive

When the "title" tag is used on a link, it most often provides useful additional information (or a bit of nonsense that was better left out of the main text). So why not make it easy to do? Can you add a second field in the link dialog box to fill in a title tag? One rule for posters: Please don't use it for important parenthetical information like (pdf) or (NSFW).
posted by wendell on May 21, 2008 - 89 comments

Tag+user searching broken for retro-tagged posts?

Listing posts by a specific user with a specific tag fails for some older posts, probably because they've been retrospectively tagged. [more inside]
posted by Burger-Eating Invasion Monkey on Feb 12, 2008 - 5 comments

waaahaaaa there's no comments on tag view please advise

So, is there any reason why the tag view (example) has no comment count?
posted by Memo on Feb 10, 2008 - 10 comments

Counting user comments by FPP tag type?

Feature request: a way to count, by tag, by user how many comments you posted to threads of a certain type? [more inside]
posted by psmealey on Jan 17, 2008 - 16 comments

MP3 and PDF tags

You know those little MP3 or PDF tags on Wikipedia external links (see last external link), informing users they are about to click on a special file along with the file size? That would sure be nice for MeFi.
posted by stbalbach on Dec 15, 2007 - 26 comments

Tag request

This should also be tagged E8. [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Nov 15, 2007 - 12 comments

Show me more show me more, is it love at first sight

I have found a bug. You can never get to the second+ page of a tag search. [more inside]
posted by rbs on Nov 3, 2007 - 6 comments

Spoiler tags please

Suggestion: <spoiler> (this text is unreadable unless some action is taken) </spoiler> tags. [more inside]
posted by aeschenkarnos on Oct 29, 2007 - 122 comments

A pony called "Thesaurus"

glbt (6) / lgbt (2); color (98) / colour (30); theatre (72) / theater (78). Previously. [more inside]
posted by Tuwa on Sep 7, 2007 - 26 comments

Tag Mystery Chaos

When posting to the blue, I'm told that "1 post has been tagged with one of your tags ( long list of_tags GoesHere ) within the past 24 hours." I think this feature would be more useful if it told you which tag(s) and post(s) it was referring to.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Aug 17, 2007 - 18 comments

We need a new tag category

What's the opposite of eponysterical?
posted by rob511 on Aug 2, 2007 - 71 comments

Searching on more than two tags?

So with all the (very very greatly appreciated!) tagging going on, is there some way to search on more than two specific tags at a time? I love the /tags/thing1+thing2, but that seems to be all there is...
posted by TheNewWazoo on Jun 12, 2007 - 9 comments

Remembering Retrotagging

What ever became of the idea to retrotag older posts? There seemed to be a consensus in this thread, but it aged out before any decision was made.
posted by grateful on May 22, 2007 - 91 comments

Unclosed tags a problem in "My Comments"

When I view my "My Comments" page, everything after this comment is small. There seems to be no closing tag. The original post page is fine. Is there some auto-closing mechanism that needs to be implemented in the new My Comments page?
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on May 18, 2007 - 6 comments

I would love to see a page that lists the tags related to the threads I have favorited.

I would love to see a page that lists the tags related to the threads I have favorited. My favorites list has become unmanagable, and this would be a great way to navigate / explore what I've saved earlier. I have no idea if this has been asked for previously...
posted by xammerboy on Apr 5, 2007 - 10 comments

Tame the Tags Blob!

The Front Page Posting page shows a big blob listing ALL the tags I have used on previous posts. Particularly big because I have made 199 posts on at least 175 different topics, including high-tech band-aids (an early NewsFilter with 2 now-dead links), a-list blogs, MetaFilter-related stuff before MetaTalk existed (this post features jessamyn making a suggestion to create something like MetaTalk) Interpol, Steely Dan, ICANN, and Fat People (without a trainwreck in the comments!)... and that was all in my first month participating here. Anyway, that tag blob, as it now exists, does me no benefit and just blocks the way to the "Preview" button. Can we have options to show NO tags or most used tags or tags used more than once ple-e-e-eze?
posted by wendell on Mar 18, 2007 - 32 comments

Relative Tag Text Sizes

These days mefi tags all look about the same size (Opera 9.x, OS X). Is tweaking the math easy enough that the tag sizing could once again be a useful indicator of relative popularity? If not, no biggie.
posted by five fresh fish on Mar 18, 2007 - 26 comments

title tags

How can I get y2karl's informative pop up title tags to fit my browser window consistently? On the current post the prospect magazine snippet is an almost square box - which fits fine - and the NYT snippet is so wide that I cannot read it all.
posted by dash_slot- on Mar 10, 2007 - 22 comments

Band Tags on Music?

Music.mefi question: Would it be inappropriate to add a band name/artist name tag to tracks you post if your songs come from several different bands?
posted by drezdn on Feb 26, 2007 - 7 comments

Frist Pots!

Heywood Mogroot's "first-fpp" tag finally gets used in another maiden post. Is tagging your first FPP as such a good idea? Should NeoFites be recommended to do so? Should we all go back and backtag our front page deflowerings?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Feb 22, 2007 - 51 comments

Deleted tag/thread issue? Count inaccurate.

The tag page for infanticide says that there's 1 post tagged with infanticide, but there doesn't appear to be any. Deleted tag/thread issue? Bonus points: relevant tags for Indian/Chinese infant gender disparity.
posted by duende on Feb 12, 2007 - 11 comments

Pony wanted: tag search

A pair of tag-related pony-requests: I've been looking for tag search for a while, and just today discovered it exists on the Metafilter search page. Would it be possible to:
- put a copy of the tag search on the "Tags" page?
- add the same sort of tag searching in AskMe?
posted by Upton O'Good on Nov 16, 2006 - 12 comments

AskMe preview is broken when the post contains list tags.

AskMe preview is broken when the post contains list tags.
posted by AmbroseChapel on Nov 9, 2006 - 3 comments

Pony: seeing tags from outside the thread

Could we have it set up that mousing over the number of comments in a FPP shows us the tags? [more inside]
posted by quin on Oct 25, 2006 - 33 comments

Redirecting tag pages

minor annoyance filter: can the url: http://www.metafilter.com/tag/x redirect to http://www.metafilter.com/tags/x? (likewise for AskMe)
I know it's minor, but "tags" seems nonstandard given how other sites work.
posted by matkline on Oct 23, 2006 - 6 comments

character limit on tags?

What's the character limit on tags? I tried to add the tag 'BuffalobuffaloBuffalobuffalobuffalobuffaloBuffalobuffalo' to this thread and got instead:
Error Executing Database Query. [Macromedia][SQLServer JDBC Driver][SQLServer]String or binary data would be truncated. Saw nothing about it in the FAQ.

posted by ChasFile on Sep 29, 2006 - 32 comments

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