Alright, so there's been some confusion and drama and at least one confused old man stymied by the concept of tagging on newsvine. We have, apparently, several factions here and a few key disagreements about how tagging should work.
Since tagging will only really work well if we all use it the same way, and since we haven't really had a serious discussion in two years about what it means to "tag appropriately," and since even if we do mostly agree it can only help to have a sort of refresher discussion, I think it's time this subject was broached for open dialog.
I'll keep this relatively brief.
The CoH rule number 6 says: "Keep Newsvine tidy by tagging for accuracy rather than for readership, editing headlines and lead-ins to be compact and descriptive, and seeding as close to the original source as possible."
We need an understanding of what it means to tag for accuracy and we need to agree to work together as a community to encourage this behavior.
So, some points to throw out there:
- Is this a lost cause? In Jerry's thread there was some discussion to the effect that we can never get the community to tag properly so what's the point?
- Can we get a single one-stop comprehensive and accessible introduction to tagging, and have it linked from the "what tags do you want to use?" field when submitting content?
- Are there any special tags? For instance, we know the newsvine tag (I think) keeps content out of the featured writers box. Are there any other ones?
- Who else has some laundry to air on this subject?
My only real stake in this is this: I watch a few tags. When someone publishes something to that tag, I expect content that is appropriate to that tag. When I realize people are just using the tag to get me to read their content then I feel the way I feel when I have spam cluttering my inbox.
I don't think that's unreasonable, do you?