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Subject: How helpful are tags?
Date Posted: 8/16/2009 1:41 PM ET
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I was just wondering what perpose tags serve. How helpful are they?

Date Posted: 8/16/2009 1:57 PM ET
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They are great if a wish list book is not linked to a non-WL book. You know, two versions of one book.   And I use them for pen names as well.  I'm not a big fan of personal tags.

Date Posted: 8/16/2009 2:13 PM ET
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THey come in handy for tagging your RL and TBR so you can make them public.  They come in handy for tagging series books as the listings don't always say what series # they are.  They are really handy to tag books that have been renamed.  You know that nasty trick publishers play by combining old stories into a new book with a new title.  Or reissuing an old book with a new name.  They are good for taggin author alias'. 

I don't really see the point of tagging WL position.  You can use notes for that or jsut look at your WL.  Some of the tagging has gotten otu of hand like all those tag missions.  But mostly I just ignore them unless it's a tag I made myself. 

Date Posted: 8/16/2009 2:55 PM ET
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They are also useful for listing genres that people may be interested in, but that do not have a genre from the list on PBS. Like "werewolf" or "shapeshifter"

Date Posted: 8/16/2009 6:14 PM ET
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I find them most useful as everyone else mentioned.  Supposedly at some point the tags are supposed to become searchable.  Not sure how good that would be.  I use tags as temporary reminders to myself and delete them when I don't need them any more.  I tried using them like Mary does, and that's just too much work now that I have over 900 on my reminder list.  I use my reminder list for lots of different reasons.  The tags might help me personally for ones I have on the RL if there aren't many - like for the books I DON"T want to get. ;D  Some of the ways people now use tags can be put in the Book Wiki feature at the very bottom of a book's listing page.  Mainly I just use the sticky notes since I tend to like to check out the Daily Wish Lists and the Daily Books Posted lists.  If I see a sticky note on one - I know I've seen it before, and I can check to see what it says without everyone in PBS being subjected to it.  Of course, the sticky notes aren't available to be linked like tags so that's limiting.

Ruth

Date Posted: 8/16/2009 6:43 PM ET
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There isn't a line in the book wiki for pen names.  Wish there was.

 

Date Posted: 8/16/2009 9:25 PM ET
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I don't find Tags useful especially after I had all of mind dumped ..... the eventually were replaced but, by then I didn't trust that they wouldn't get dumped again so, now I only use Notes.

Date Posted: 8/16/2009 11:17 PM ET
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I use tags to mark abridged vs unabridged audio books.  I use notes to remind myself if I've lent a book from my TBR out to someone, or is a book I have is unpostable. 

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 12:08 AM ET
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Emily, I agree with you - there seems to be some different kinds of information that could be provided if the Wiki had a place for them.  I don't know exactly what - it's a bit like knowing you can't remember something that is just about on the tip of your tongue...I still can't think what it is.

Ruth

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 2:02 AM ET
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<<I use tags to mark abridged vs unabridged audio books.>>

Please, please, please ... as a member of the data team, I beg you to use "Edit Book Data" to put this information in the title line to help avoid confusion for members placing orders, i.e.:

War and Peace (Unabridged) (Audio CD)

Crime and Punishment (Abridged) (Audio Cassette)

Personally, I find tags useful as others have noted, to find books with genres not a part of the PBS classification system, such as books on the Holocaust, or Scottish romance novels, etc.

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 4:29 PM ET
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Never found them useful myself, and turned them off on my account a long time ago.