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gszakacs
Instructor
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Registered: ‎08-14-2007

Add Tag?

Recently the forums web interface has introduced the "Add Tag" feature.

 

What is this for?

 

What happened to the other widely requested forum features like "most recent posts"?

 

Why is the "Forum Usage" forum being used as a general repository for technical

discussions?

 

Bewildered,

Gabor

-- Gabor
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bassman59
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Registered: ‎02-25-2008


gszakacs wrote:

Why is the "Forum Usage" forum being used as a general repository for technical

discussions?

 

Bewildered,

Gabor


Because some users are too lazy or too ignorant to figure out the proper forum for their lazy or ignorant questions.

 

-a

----------------------------Yes, I do this for a living.
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alfredc
Xilinx Employee
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Registered: ‎07-30-2007


gszakacs wrote:

Recently the forums web interface has introduced the "Add Tag" feature.

 

What is this for?

 

What happened to the other widely requested forum features like "most recent posts"?

 

Why is the "Forum Usage" forum being used as a general repository for technical

discussions?

 

Bewildered,

Gabor


Please see my answers as following:

 

 Why do people tag?

Tagging is fun and cool and very Web 2.0. It’s an easy way to find interesting things
again or to put your own spin on content you see on the Web. Although each
individual has different motivations, these are some of the common reasons people
tag Web content:

  • To organize material—messages, blogs, threads—so it’s easier to find later.
    Tags are an excellent navigational device: they help users remember what they
    saw or briefly summarize what a message or thread was about. They also help
    users quickly zero in on messages about a specific topic or find others who are
    interested in the same topics.
  • To gain status or recognition in a community.
    This is the same force that drives community members to devote countless hours
    to reading and answering posts. Seeing their names in lights on a Tagging
    Leaderboard gives these users the same sort of psychic strokes they get from
    being power contributors or VIPs.
  • To participate in an informal knowledge creation project.
    One of the interesting aspects of tagging is the way it allows users to act locally,
    but contribute to something of value for the entire community. By tagging items
    for their own personal use, users help to create something that benefits other
    community members as well.
  • To call attention to or vote for the things they think are important—both for
    their friends and for the community at large.
    The more often a tag is used, the more prominently it’s featured, and the more
    attention it draws to tagged items.

 

As for the 'most recent posts', our vender is still not able to impelment it and sorry for that.

 

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gszakacs
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Registered: ‎08-14-2007

I see a lot of reasons to "tag", but what is a "tag".  HOW is it used?  If I put some text there it gets garbled up.  Are these tags just for my own use when I return?  Can other people see them?  Maybe Xilinx thinks everyone should know this, but I haven't encountered "tags" in other forums, so I'm still a bit confused as to the point of it all...

 

regards,

Gabor

-- Gabor
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prdorrell
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Registered: ‎03-05-2008

I'm similarly confuse over what a tag is ... is it the electronic equivalent of a bookmark used to mark text in order that the user can quickly refind it?

 

Can I suggest that someone adds a line to the FAQ to explain, please.

 

Kind regards

Paul

 

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bassman59
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@prdorrell wrote:

I'm similarly confuse over what a tag is ... is it the electronic equivalent of a bookmark used to mark text in order that the user can quickly refind it?

 

Can I suggest that someone adds a line to the FAQ to explain, please.

 

Kind regards

Paul

 


Properly used, a tag lets other forum users quickly find posts related to a particular topic. So if some people tag their posts "VHDL," then you could click on "VHDL" in the list of tags, and then get a list of all of those posts. It's just one way of sorting through the cruft. It works somewhat better than a simple search because it hopefully is more relevant. But the tagging system is only as good as the tags people create.

 

----------------------------Yes, I do this for a living.
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gszakacs
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My original confusion was in how to enter a tag.  "properly used" seems to imply some

prior knowledge about tags that are not obvious to a dinosaur like myself who doesn't

use FaceBook etc.  My original attempt at tagging was to enter something like "this

post is a waste of time", but then the tags showed up as:

This

post

is

a

waste

of

time

 

So a tag can only be a single word?

-- Gabor
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bassman59
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Registered: ‎02-25-2008

 


@gszakacs wrote:

So a tag can only be a single word?


Yes.

 

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