FAQ: Are post tags really helpful? How do I use them?



  • Tags are actually quite useful. To demonstrate, we've assigned a tag of FAQ for anticipated "Frequently Asked Questions" about the forum. Anyone can go to the Tags page, and click the FAQ tag or perform a search there for FAQ to find any posts that have the FAQ tag assigned.

    Anyone who starts a new topic can attach tags to posts. At the very bottom of the edit window, you'll see an area that says "Enter tags here, between 3 and 15 characters each." As you enter your tag text, existing possibilities will appear and you can select a pre-existing tag to attach.

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    We recommend that you use existing tags whenever possible, to make it easier for users to find any posts that are related to each other. If you want to see a complete list of tags that are configured on the forum, you can click the Tag icon in the main forum toolbar at the top of any page:

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    Here are some general guidelines for creating tags:

    • The tags can only be assigned to your initial post.
    • There is a limit of five tags per post.
    • Try to reuse existing tags whenever possible. Again, it will help other users find posts that relate to a specific tag or topic. Tag suggestions appear while you are entering your tags in the message editor.

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    • If you want to use tags that are more common, you will notice that the tags page linked to above displays the number of times a tag is used.

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    • If a space is normally required for your tag, replace spaces with hyphens. For example, if you want to tag a specific version of Poser, use Poser-11; or, instead of "content dev", use content-dev. You'll see examples of this in the tags list.
    • If you enter a completely new tag, you may need to click inside the message editing window for the tag to attach itself to the post; After the tag is attached, you can start entering text to attach another tag.

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