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Subject: Merging Tags "Post Apocalyptic" and "Post-Apocalyptic"
Date Posted: 8/3/2011 3:07 PM ET
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I am interested in removing the tag 'Post Apocalyptic' for simplicities sake. I was wondering how to go about this? I know how to add additional tags to books, but it appears difficult for a single user to remove tags from a book.

 

I am looking into this to create single, unified tag. Currently many books appear with both tags, but many more appear under only one or the other, making it hard to review the lists. I selected "post-apocalyptic" as the one I wish to save based on two factors -- it currently has the most books, and that is how wikipedia spells it.

 

Any suggestions on how to go about getting the redundant tag removed?

 

Thanks!

Date Posted: 8/3/2011 4:33 PM ET
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Unless tags are blatantly inappropriate (i.e. "f*** this book"), they can only be removed by the person who added them.  They're not intended to work as a controlled vocabulary like subject/genre terms are; they're designed to be usable on a more personal level, so you'll often see tags that only make sense to the original tagger (i.e. "Joe5/12").  PBS has stated they will only remove "inappropriate" tags themselves.

The only option you have is to tag all of the "post apocalyptic" as "post-apocalyptic" and hope that other taggers will continue to use the same spellings.  

You can try an organized unofficial effort with other fans of the genre, as has been tried here in the Historical Fiction forum, but I can tell you from my own experience that there isn't much interest in using a controlled vocabulary for tags.  



Last Edited on: 8/3/11 4:37 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/3/2011 4:37 PM ET
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Dang. I am fine 'fixing' some of the existing tags, but as long as "Post Apocalyptic" appears in the drop down when tagging, some poeple are going to add more :-(. I'm not so worried about controlling the vocabulary, as combining what is essentially a misspelling -- a space where a dash is correct.

Date Posted: 8/3/2011 4:42 PM ET
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There are lots of misspelled tags; all you can do is try to overcome it with volume, and hope that members will choose the higher number when adding their own tag.

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Date Posted: 8/3/2011 6:59 PM ET
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I share your frustration, Jeff.  I use tags, and often wish I could "fix" or consolidate tags.  But Catt is right about everything she said.  They can't really be changed by individual members unless there is a concerted effort and everyone using the "wrong" tag fixes their tags in the system.

Date Posted: 8/3/2011 8:08 PM ET
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Is there a way to search for books by their tag only?

Can someone help me with that?

Date Posted: 8/4/2011 2:32 AM ET
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Tags are not really searchable Laura, but there's a round-about way to back door it.  Use the tag yourself, then go to your 'My Tags' tab (under My Lists).  From there you can find the tag, run your cursor over the columns, and click on the one that will give you the entire list for that tag (should be the top number in the 'Uses' column).

Date Posted: 8/4/2011 9:08 AM ET
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http://www.paperbackswap.com/Post-Apocalyptic/tag/3833/  <-- post-apocalyptic  if that helps anyone...

Date Posted: 8/4/2011 9:43 AM ET
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Thanks, Jeff! 

Date Posted: 8/4/2011 9:55 AM ET
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http://www.paperbackswap.com/Post-Apocalyptic/tag/73829 <-- "Post Apocalyptic" if anyone wants to contest the tags on any of these, that would be great ;-)

Date Posted: 8/4/2011 12:27 PM ET
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Um, by your last post of wanting people to "contest" the tags, are you seriously reporting them as inappropriate simply because they are not grammatically correct?  I'm sorry, but there are considerably worse things to worry about in the world and this seems kinda petty.  Seriously, I mean there is a "vampire" an a "vampires" tag so should we mount a campaign that it should be one or the other?

Date Posted: 8/4/2011 12:35 PM ET
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Melissa,

If you want to -- but those are technically two seperate things. Dracula would be a 'vampire' in my mind, but Salem's Lot would be 'vampires'. Sure there are other things to worry about in the world, but that does not mean that we need to ignore any other possible improvements until all teh big issues are resolved.

 

Personally, I was trying to find more post-apocalytic books, and was hampered by the nearly duplicate lists, and wanted to take 10-15 minutes and fix the issue. I am not claiming it is a huge issue, just one that I thought might have a simple fix.

Date Posted: 8/4/2011 3:54 PM ET
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I don't think you want to mark those "post apocalyptic" tags as inappropriate.  Per the Help Center:

"Please use good judgment when reporting tags. Abuse of this feature may result in losing your ability to use or even see tags. Repeated abuse can result in your account being suspended."

PBS specifically states that tags about book condition or "scatalogical" tags are what they consider to be inappropriate.  Marking missing hyphens as inappropriate could be seen as abuse, regardless of how strongly you may feel about it personally. ;-)

Date Posted: 8/4/2011 3:56 PM ET
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Good point. I was only considering doing that becuase there is no 'Mark tag as incorrect' option.

Date Posted: 8/5/2011 9:21 PM ET
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Thanks for the link to the post apoc books!

 

(I forgot I asked this question . . . what a nice surprise when I came back to this thread!!)