Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo
Seems to me they can be beneficial when doing a search. You tag it by adding the main components of the thread. Say I was offering up a potential trade idea and a year later that trade happens, I wanna go back and prove I was out in front of that deal. I could do a search but what if I don't recall the name of the thread or the people involved were guys whose names come up all the time in trade scenarios. If I tagged it in such a way that would be maybe a little unique it would make it easier to find.
One of my favorite trades would be Arroyo for Escobar plus a prospect. So if I tag it exactly that way I should have that thread at the forefront of my search results.
I think that's what the search is for. You'd get the same result if you typed "Arroyo for Escobar plus a prospect" into the search. However, tags for that topic might be:
Having a "Arroyo for Escobar plus a prospect" tag is going to be really hard to find searching through a massive tag cloud
of phrases and made redundant by the search function.
To me, tags and tag clouds are great serendipity devices. I can look at a tag cloud and see what the most discussed topics on a web site. I can then click through the "big links" and read as much as I want to about those topics. Along the way, I can see other tags and click through to see what's been talked about with them.