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Subject: Tags
Date Posted: 10/20/2007 3:50 PM ET
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Is anyone using anything specific for this genre?  I occasionally get a mystery.

Date Posted: 10/20/2007 8:33 PM ET
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I've tagged some young adult books as GLBT YA

Date Posted: 10/20/2007 9:28 PM ET
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I have tagged books as "Gay Interest".

Date Posted: 10/20/2007 11:29 PM ET
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I am noticing that we all use tags differently and I am not quite sure they help me.

I have run across tags "read" and "TSRT"  (who knows what that means- but it obviously means something to the poster).

Since all books are assigned a genre, which can be browsed or searched - how helpfull are people finding the tags?

Personally, I keep changing my mind on what tags to use. LOL

Colleen

 

 

Date Posted: 10/21/2007 1:37 AM ET
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Since all books are assigned a genre, which can be browsed or searched - how helpfull are people finding the tags?

 

I have run across books that are assigned a genre that is either incorrect or may not show a crossover between genres. It all depends on how they are classified by the data base PBS leases. So, I may tag a book "Gay Interest" if I find that for whatever reason it does not pop up under Gay & Lesbian.

Another example would be Historical Mystery. The book may only appear under the heading "Literature & Fiction" or " Mystery". I feel that by tagging the book as a Historical Mystery it adds another dimension for people searching for that particular genre.

 

Date Posted: 10/21/2007 1:45 PM ET
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I wish there we had something to use for the types of mysteries.  Even among cozies, there's quite a range.

I used GLBT and then I wasn't sure what the heck you were supposed to say now!  Maybe I'll just use gay interest too.   I had to enter it myself so it's in the Gay & Lesbian, Mystery & Thrillers.  There's no (third sub-category) Lesbian option, even though the third option shows under the other ISBN. 

I was just messing with the ones on my bookshelf since there are only a few and I was avoiding doing anything useful.  I think it could be useful if you like to read about certain time periods or certain types of protagonists but not if everyone uses a different tag. Historical mystery is good.  I think identifying mysteries by region (setting) could be helpful since that can sometimes help. 

Thanks :)

Date Posted: 10/22/2007 9:30 AM ET
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Yeah I've seen some weird tags too!  I guess since they can be of personal use, they mean something to the person that posted that. 

I've also used "lesbian fiction".  I'm starting to like the tags a little more

Date Posted: 10/22/2007 11:28 AM ET
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When you are typing in your tag you will see a list of similar ones. If it will work for what your trying to say then select the one with the most uses. Did that make sense?

Date Posted: 10/22/2007 1:09 PM ET
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It makes sense, but unless yours starts out the same way, nothing similar comes up, if that makes sense ;)  If I say "women sleuths" and someone else uses female, it won't match.

ETA:  My books are mostly what I'd call incidentally lesbian :)  In other words, that's not usually a major part of the plot (i.e., Ellen Hart).   Well, I tried the gay vampire one but I gave up on him so unless someone gives me a bunch, that's probably all I'll have.



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Date Posted: 10/22/2007 4:12 PM ET
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Diana - I JUST realized that your Hello Kitty is holding a gun!! LOL

Date Posted: 10/22/2007 4:38 PM ET
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I try a few ways when I do them. Like if nothing came up with women slueths I might try female or lady to see if anything was there for those tags.

Date Posted: 10/23/2007 11:32 AM ET
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I have been using Mystery - cozy   quite a bit.  LOL  Can you tell what I read?

I like the idea of using Mystery - England  (or wherever)

Mystery - woman sleuth

 

But, since I keep changing - who know what it will be next week!  LOL

Colleen

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 10/24/2007 12:19 AM ET
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Excepty for some archaic tags we have been using as database editors, I have not really used the tags...

             When I'm doing book searches, and list looking, I'm usually looking for literature I have not read...

                         Charlie, just wondering if you are using the "need towel" tag?

Date Posted: 10/24/2007 1:14 AM ET
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Jessie,

That was Kalashnikitty :)