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Subject: Tags - What is considered inappropriate?
Date Posted: 12/8/2008 6:28 AM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2008
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Next to tags there is a little "report as inappropriate" button.

So I am curious what is considered inappropriate here. I would consider tags that says things like "My Favorites" or "1/12/08" or "Blackfoot Series" as inappropriate.

These are personal tags or in the case of the last one, it doesn't actually identify anything. WHAT Blackfoot series is the person talking about for crying out loud??

The tags are a dang darn mess and frankly I don't see any use to them as they are, so I was curious, are these tags to report as inappropriate? Will they get deleted that way?

Tags are meant to organize for easier searching but when it is cluttered with "Suzie Mays Summer Reading", it isn't actually helping anyone find anything. Also, what about GRAMMER- mispelled tags, and uncapitalized author names?? They are everywhere too.. It looks like a bunch of fifth graders made the tags.

Date Posted: 12/8/2008 6:50 AM ET
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As I understand it, inappropriate tags are ones that mention the condition of a specific copy, i.e. ex-library copy.  As for GRAMMAR, we may all be readers, but that doesn't mean everyone checks for spelling, capitalization and punctuation.  We have several members with a variety of learning disabilities, so you might want to be careful when criticizing; the person you criticize may be doing the best they can. 

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 12/8/2008 7:21 AM ET
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Personal tags are OK, according to site rules. As Sandy says, it becomes inappropriate when it talks about a specific copy (like, almost new! ).

Date Posted: 12/8/2008 7:23 AM ET
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Last Edited on: 1/13/14 1:31 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/8/2008 8:42 AM ET
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Yeah the tags would probably be less cluttered if they had come out with the notes thing before the tags.  Or the noting of which you list you have the book on PBS.  I tagged all my BIR, RL and TBR books. Then soon after they came out with that little blue not that says "this book is on your xxx".  I've deleted a lot of my tags but I still run accross them.  Technically the ones you mentioned are appropriate. I think if you hit the "r" button it just removes it from you seeing it and not altogether. I think a tag has to have several people hit the "r" in order for it to be removed completely. 

Personally I pay very little attention to tags.  THe only time I usually notice them is when I see the red x noting that it's one I"ve made. Otherwise they don't usually catch my eye. 

Date Posted: 12/8/2008 8:55 AM ET
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As everyone else said, 'inappropriate' just means stuff pertaining to an individual copy of the book or perhaps something with foul language in it. I personally don't even use them and have them blocked so I don't see the gobbledegook of a mess and use the Note feature if I want to note something about a book.


Date Posted: 12/8/2008 9:18 AM ET
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Too bad notes weren't introduced as same time as tags.  I doubt a lot of users will go back and transfer their personal stuff to notes, or they may not even know about the notes feature.

Date Posted: 12/8/2008 9:21 AM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2007
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This is information from the Help Center.....

What kind of words should I use as tags?

You can make Personal Tags or Club-Useful tags.

  • A Club-Useful tag uses words and phrases that describe the content of the book. See examples of Club-Useful tags below.
    • When coming up with a Useful tag, ask yourself "What words will other members search for to find books like this?"
  • A Personal tag has meaning only for the tagger.  See examples of Personal tags.
    • Members can use these, but there is almost always a better way to do what you're trying to accomplish.
  • An Inappropriate tag is one that describes a particular copy of a book, or that is scatalogical (these are never appropriate!), or that actually impedes other members' use of the club.  See examples of Inappropriate tags.

    Examples of Useful Tags:

Historical Fiction, Newbery Medal Winner, Nobel prize-winning author, Set in Spain, Catholicism, Baseball History

    Examples of Personal Tags:

pjfb, 11/13 on 0708,  15 36, hmmm, 11/13, etc.

These have meaning only for the tagger.  They will not be useful to the other members of the club.

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. 

    Examples of Inappropriate Tags:

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!      

Posted for John S. only - all other requests will be canceled!

       Egregious inappropriate use of tags (and of the site)! This tag appears to apply to every copy of the book, so no one will request it. A tag like this will also likely get your account suspended for Terms of Use violations.

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.

Date Posted: 12/8/2008 9:29 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I marked one as inappropriate on time because someone tagged a book as futuristic when it was a book about ancient Vikings.  I had the book so I knew it wasn't a futuristic book. 

Date Posted: 12/8/2008 10:59 AM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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All of the ones you listed are personal tags and perfectly fine in the system. A tag does not have to be universally useful they just cannot try to describe a person's specific copy, use profanity, or be completely wrong for that particular book. Spelling- I will usually tag with the correct one and then mark it as inappropriate unless it is a tag thats been used alot, then I just add the correct one and leave the old one. Not sure what you are seeing that has bad grammar. but since they are all short most will not be gramatically structured. 

As shown in the help docs above, personal tags are acceptable and should not be marked as inappropriate.

Last Edited on: 12/8/08 11:39 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 12/8/2008 7:12 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2008
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Great thanks.  I just didn't want to go around reporting things that were perfectly fine. I didn't even think to look in the rules! DUH! For some reason I figured if they were that sloppy, then the rules must not say anything about them. Heh, I am just used to sites having stricter rules regarding whats allowed in tagging I guess.

I don't like the system, but if it's allowed, then it's allowed!

Date Posted: 12/8/2008 10:14 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I think you can select to have tags hidden.