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Who pre-sets the tags - admin or users?

The list of tags:

  • Is it created on the fly by the users?
  • Or there is a list of tags that only administrators or moderators can create, and users only can choose the tags that are already pre-determined by admins?
viisik's avatar
asked 2011-02-21 01:11:11 -0500
todofixthis's avatar
updated 2012-09-03 22:03:40 -0500
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Yes, right now the tags are created as they are entered with the questions and at the moment there is no limitation to create tags.

Somebody asked for a possibility to pre-fill tags - will be done.

Also - there are management commands that rename, merge and split tags, available via the command line only at this point - they are described in the documentation.


There is also an option to enter tags via a "category tree", which is preset by the site admins. Users still can create their own tags, but it is less likely given the choices of tags in the UI.


Evgeny's avatar
answered 2011-02-21 01:19:36 -0500, updated 2013-05-19 10:35:49 -0500
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Hi Evgeny, any news on this? I am trying to get a q&a-forum going at my institute but this tag-subscription is rather crucial I think. Do you have any help?

Bramiozo's avatar Bramiozo (2012-10-08 12:05:16 -0500) edit
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stackoverflow has good tagging system.
It even has api for tag synonyms.

I might start implementing this for askbot.
Would anyone be kind enough to research how SO designed their DB schema? :)

pcompassion's avatar
answered 2013-05-19 04:33:04 -0500
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updated link: ``

dnozay's avatar dnozay (2014-10-12 14:58:19 -0500) edit
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We must also have an option to merge Tags - as there can be 100's of tags which are all synonyms or even Related closely. eg: #cache, #caching, #memcached, #SpeedUp etc. they all mean the same as they are all related.

I contemplated on this issue with Tagging happening in many QnA forums and here is my short proposal-

  • Let Site Admins Create and set a pool of tags. But IMO, Its a good idea to Setup and finalize tags only after the site has got sufficient traction and community.

  • How to handle Related and Synonyms Tags? Instead of giving admins to create options for merging; let's keep options for users TO combine and merge tags in some way, which they feel are synonyms and related tags. Let's not forget, Each user has his own version of Related or synonym.

And So this gives lots of flexibility for all users. Win-Win for all !

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answered 2012-09-11 07:28:32 -0500, updated 2012-09-11 07:33:20 -0500
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The tag merging is available via the management command (only) at this time, no synonyms yet.

Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2013-05-19 10:34:15 -0500) edit

karma values for new tags and potentially a filtering mechanism (white/black listing) might help a lot. atleast in ask fedora, users tend to create meaningless tags quite a lot

mether's avatar mether (2013-05-20 20:37:50 -0500) edit

Evgeny: I requested a pull request for this just now.. It's my first pull request, so if I missed something. let me know.

pcompassion's avatar pcompassion (2013-05-22 06:58:30 -0500) edit
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