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How do you tag a book?
What is the purpose?
What is a good system for tags?
Thank for any help!
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People use tags in multiple ways on the site, but there are some guidelines.
Tags should apply to the book in general, and not to your copy of the book. So, "Woman detective" is an OK tag, "torn cover" is not.
Some people use tags to give extra information about the book to the site in general ... like "Dragons" or "Woman detective", etc. You can click on tags to find all the books tagged with that tag.
Other people use tags to make personal lists, in those cases, you may see tags like "abc box list" etc.
At the bottom of books listings, you will find a field where you can type in your tag.
For lots of information about book tags, see the Help Center entry:
Introduced 9/27/2007. Improved August 2008.
What are they?
Book tags are words and short phrases that describe a book. When used cooperatively (in a club-useful fashion) by members, tags provide a wonderful method of discovery for books. Tags can also be used personally, in a way that is useful to only one (or a few) members. Sometimes members use tags inappropriately, and inappropriate tags should be removed. Read on to learn what makes a tag inappropriate and how you can help eliminate inappropriate tags.
PBS plans to make club-useful tags searchable when most of the existing inappropriate tags have been removed.
What kind of words should I use as tags?
You can make Personal Tags or Club-Useful tags.
Historical Fiction, Newbery Medal Winner, Nobel prize-winning author, Set in Spain, Catholicism, Baseball History
pjfb, 11/13 on 0708, 15 36, hmmm, 11/13, etc.
Done, Wish List, TBR, RL, BIR, JohnRL, MarysTBR, Traded, My TBR, John-bookshelf, Sent, etc.
Note that many of these tags are redundant. The On My: section of search listings and My Lists serve the purpose of most of them.
cover has small tear, No Dust Jacket, some yellowed pages, autographed, etc.
These tags apply do not apply to EVERY copy of the book, only one.
Do not order
Put yourself in the shoes of a new member who finds a book she'd like to order bearing this tag!
It is not wise to put an email address on a publicly-accessible internet page!
Posted on/Received From [another swapping site]
Posted for John S. only - all other requests will be canceled!
If you have created any inappropriate tags, you should delete them. Otherwise, they will start to disappear without warning as other members report them as inappropriate! See below for more information about reporting tags as inappropriate.
How do Tags work?
How do I use the Tags feature?
To add a tag to a book:
To remove a tag you have placed on a book:
To see the tags that have been applied to a book:
You can also view the 'Tag Cloud' for the club or 'My Tag Cloud'.
Can I search for Tags I am interested in?
There is not currently a way to search the Tags in the database, but there are some ways to find the Tag list that you are seeking:
Other information found on the My Tags page
Besides the previously mentioned list of your own tags, you will find the following usage information on your My Tags page:
Is there anything else I should know about tags? Gimme the short version.
I find tags very helpful as a way to mark books so they will come up as group in search results.
Tags are always available for those who want to use them and cannot "turned off" as implied in the previous post. There is an option, however, in your personal settings to turn off the displaying of tags in search results if you don't want to see them. (Mouse over the My Account tab in the silver bar near the top of any PBS page and select Settings.)
You can enable or disable the display function in the Tag Setttings section with the notification
I think a tag would be helpful for a book sequence. I have to research what order to read a series that is not numbered in the title. If I forget the order I can look at the tag.
If you want to add the publication date to a listing, you can click on the title, then on "more options" --> "edit book data." Please add other missing info while you're in there, especially if you have the book in-hand.
I, also, use tags to keep track of the order of a book series. The second way I use tags is to add information to wishlisted books about the different version that I have posted to my bookshelf. ("also available as isbn") I hope the wishers will notice them when they look through their wishlists. Once my book is ordered, I delete the tags, so they won't cause confusion.
There is also the "notes" option, which shows up as a yellow note on your view of the cover. The notes are great for private tags, such as where a book is located. Only you can see the notes.
I LOVE the notes feature! I use that constantly on the DVD site. Everyone wishes we had a reminder list in the DVD site. The sites are so different. I'm really glad that we can see how many DVD copies or wishers there are by clicking on the title. Here you have to put it on your reminder list to see that info.
Valerie--Just want to mention two of my favorite websites for finding the order of series books:
fantastic fiction (http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/) Lists series and non-series fiction books by author.
www.fictfact.com Lets you keep track of where you're at in a series--doesn't include information about non-series books, but you can mark books in a series as read and it'll let you know the next book in the series.
Thanks Laura, fantastic fiction looks easy to use. I might sign up with fictfact to keep up with books I own. I made a list of books to order here on PBS. I was looking at my shelves and noticed I already have 2 of the books I was going to order. My book hunting acquisitions have resulted in too many books too fast. I need to track them and I think that site will be very helpful!
I found what I think is an "inappropriate tag" it was "have".
The "have" tag is perhaps useless, since if more than one member uses it, it seems to defeat the purpose. Also, if you look at a book's listing, you can see if the book is in your transactions archive, or on your To-be-read list, which means you have it. No need for a tag. If a member wants to tag the books he "has", he'd do better with a personal tag, like something with his initials. But it's not "inappropriate" by the site's standards. It doesn't give misleading info about the book.
Tagging a listing with a tag that describes the condition of your copy (implying that all books posted to that ISBN have the same condition), tagging a hardcover listing with "this is really a paperback", or a tag saying "cannot mail" or "do not order" would definitely be inappropriate.
I wish [personal notes] could be displayed (still privately) and easy to read like the tags, so I wouldn't have to click through each one.
I see, "have" tag is a personal tag but not actually personalized. The tags can be useless, inappropriate or wrong. Then someone can flag those as innapropriate. Then someone has to review it and delete the tag. I will take a wild guess that's why they do not offer that feature on the DVD site.
I agree with having easy to read personal notes!
EDITED: would nice to have a little box you check for have or own or my collection etc. It would display an icon or words of ownership that only each member could see. Like On My: Wish List.
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