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How To: USE TAGS EFFECTIVELY

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TAGS are vital to the search function of this community, so please use them, and please use them carefully. This is what the search engine uses and the "similar content" features in some sections of the site.

 

HOW TO ADD TAGS

Just type into the field below the title of your post or blog entry. Add a comma where you would like to tag to end, and it will automatically generate the tag and a space for you to begin typing the next tag. Commas generate your tag, so that means you can add single words or phrases with space between the words until you add the comma. Note that all tags will be automatically rendered in lower-case.

 

HOW TO USE TAGS PROPERLY

1 - use plural versions of terms, so instead of "car," you want to use "cars," or instead of "sage" you want to use "sages."

2 - only use terms that are actually in your post, or that your post is specifically about. Do not go too broad in your terms.

3 - you can add up to 20 tags, but pretend like you can only add 5 to help you keep your terms as clear and relevant as possible.

 

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TAGS can be seen alongside the posted topics and blog entries...

 

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Erick
By tagging content we create a useful network connecting related content by concepts.
this network is similar to the way the brain stores content and so makes following a
thread of interest easier. Where categories are useful for organizing the content,
tags are useful for researching and exploration of content.

The most useful tags are concept or idea based rather than type based,
and will be span content in many categories. For us using the set of Michael terms
as tags is probably the most useful way to tag and connect our content.

For example tagging an energy report with something like "energy reports" is less useful
as all of the related content will already be in one forum category, and is not likely to
link to any content outside of that category; but a tag on an energy report for a Michael
term that is expanded on connects that report to content in other forum categories the library
and blog posts that expand on the concept in other contexts and nuanced variations.

This linking of our content by tags based on concepts provides another way to explore
and research of a concept or term in across the category based organizational boundaries,
from multiple directions.

The adding of a tag help identify it as being more relevant to the concept. 
They are part of what the search engine uses for prioritizing results, and they are
specifically used when prioritizing "similar articles." 

for example the energy reports will list out several Michael terms but only some of them
expand on the terms in an interesting way. a keyword search would return all of the reports
for that year for mentioning a term, but the tagged reports would be the ones of interest.

The tags also show up under the topic titles to help easily identify the contained concepts.
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