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Is it possible to add categories in addition to tags?

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It would be great for sites with more than one main topic.

Like: Physics-, Chemistry-, Math- Category on a scientific site

so the user can subscribe to a special category and the tags within category.

anonymous user
asked 2012-02-16 06:46:48 -0500, updated 2012-02-16 07:00:05 -0500
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We will build the category feature. I think it will be using special tags, I don't want to add field category as an extra independent piece of data to enter, because it will make the user experience worse.

Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2012-02-16 08:55:09 -0500) edit

What you mean by "special tags"? When the category field will build?

Katy23's avatar Katy23 (2012-02-16 14:59:11 -0500) edit

Basically I don't want to have an extra field for a category on the questions, because it adds one more piece of data to enter. We can have a tag connected to categories (potentially with several levels of categories - maybe 1-3 levels). The category tags must be more or less leaves of the category tree, otherwise there is a potential for confusion. Some tags may end up two completely unrelated fields and you may see irrelevant entries in the q-list when filtering by categories. When we do it depends on funding. Our current priorities - moderation and customization features and solving bugs.

Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2012-02-16 16:42:47 -0500) edit

Great great feature. I hope that this feature is included soon

Katy23's avatar Katy23 (2012-02-16 18:01:00 -0500) edit

Has this feature been added already?

stefanfoulis's avatar stefanfoulis (2014-04-17 10:24:02 -0500) edit
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Not precisely that way, but now it is possible to organize certain tags into a 3-level tree by selecting "category tree" as the source of tags in the "data entry rules" section of the settings.

Evgeny's avatar
answered 2014-04-17 10:27:22 -0500
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So do I edit the category tree? There is a setting at ``/settings/FLATPAGES/``. Am I supposed to enter a JSON string into this manually? (the help text says "Do not edit this field manually!!!")

stefanfoulis's avatar stefanfoulis (2014-04-17 12:13:03 -0500) edit

The field should not be touched manually, edit the tree directly on the "ask" or "edit question" pages from your admin account.

Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2014-04-17 12:14:47 -0500) edit

thanks @Evgeny . That was not where I expected it ;-)

stefanfoulis's avatar stefanfoulis (2014-04-17 12:27:40 -0500) edit

Where can I see how it looks like on a live page? Is it implemented here? -></p<>>

Toms's avatar Toms (2014-04-21 05:08:06 -0500) edit

I can manage only 1 level. Anything I add goes into the first box itself. Has anyone been able to achieve 2 or 3 level tree

Ajay's avatar Ajay (2020-04-18 07:19:25 -0500) edit
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