These things are not functional at all, but they can be very funny. Have some of them been disappearing? Thoughts? Should we point out food metaphors?
I like the tags. Sometimes, a comment isn't worth a post, and sometimes, a thread of several pages can be summed up in a few words. I think "tags hit with risp" is the most appropriate tag for this thread.
I'm totally perplexed by these things.
What the hell are they and how are they beniefical? They seem to be a big waste of time so far.
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.
"You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."
Well, it seems like it has the potential to get out of hand with the humor opportunities and I'll admit I'm guilty of that already (I was just seeing how it worked!)
The problem with this sort of thing is all the spelling people are likely to use. For example:
All would be different tags even though they're the same thing.
I'd suggest something like MLBTraderumors.com has. Each post is tagged with the player's full name and teams involved. So "cliff lee" is a tag and "texas rangers" is a tag. Couple that with subjects like "RISP", "Sabermetrics", "clutch", etc. and one could have a pretty effective tagging mechanism.
I wish the tag cloud could be displayed in a sidebar. I think that helps encourage more precise tagging and searching.
The funny tags are funny and all but they aren't very useful. It may be that the tags need moderation or a guideline or both.
"Bring on Rod Stupid!"
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.
"Bring on Rod Stupid!"
Tags will be useful down the road when they become more descriptive and less humor driven.
a super volcano of ridonkulous suckitude.
I simply don't have access to a "cares about RBI" place in my psyche. There is a "mildly curious about OBI%" alcove just before the acid filled lake guarded by robot snipers with lasers which leads to the "cares about RBI" antechamber though. - Nate
One good use for them would be short search terms like OBP, which the board doesn't return results for as a search term since it has fewer than 4 characters.
BTW, I just noticed that it's not possible to tag threads in the archives. I wanted to tag this one for easy finding, but couldn't do it.
Last edited by Unassisted; 12-17-2008 at 12:43 PM.