Tagging Noscope

Preparing for my redesign, I have started tagging Noscope. Using the extremely well-made Ultimate Tag Warrior I have already tagged the first 16 some pages of Noscope, but there’s still a long way to go.

For a long time, I’ve been reluctant to start using tags. I’ve found categories to be more intuitive, and tags to be simply visual clutter. Yet lately I’ve been warming up to the fact that tags can help you discover relationships between two seeming unrelated topics. What’s your take on tags / labels?

Note: The tag addition to Noscope is currently rather basic, but it’ll be built into my Pangea redesign.

Update: All tagged. Going over the 500+ posts, I also noticed a myriad of dead out-links, and throngs of redundant dated info. I must have deleted more than 50 posts during this process. Now, enjoy such tags as reviews, or maybe even inspiration.

11 thoughts on “Tagging Noscope”

  1. brendan says:

    Initially I too wasn’t too hot on the idea – however after running a tag based blog for a number of months now, I find that post relevancy is easy to maintain – with each post often being ‘related’ to another dozen or so entries.

    It’s now entirely possibly for someone to start at a recent entry and follow a theme or idea across multiple entries through time. That’s pretty cool.

  2. Jonas Rabbe says:

    It also makes sense to start using categories for structural grouping (for example sidenotes, reviews, features, etc.) while tags can imply content grouping (hobbies, travel, pangea, etc.)

    I’ve been very cold on the idea of tags, but the shortcomings of categories in WordPress (I’m still on 1.5.x, so there might be some changes I haven’t gotten around to) and the reasoning I outlined above have started to turn me. For my next iteration of my blog design I might just start using them.

  3. Joen says:

    One of the things I think appeal to me about tags is the fact that if you want to quickly create a tag for something specific, say in my case “pangea”, the title of my redesign, it’s quick and easy. While this could be done using categories, there’s just something about a tag that makes it feel less permanent, and something you can just do for the sake of it.

  4. All true you guys, but I haven’t seen a really effective way (while still looking good) of presenting them yet.

    I find they’re either too much to the side or in the way of the flow – in both cases they’re likely to be discarded. Also, archives become very hard to display in a sane and sensible way.*

    *You can see I don’t like tagclouds much.

  5. khaled says:

    Joen said:

    ..there?s just something about a tag that makes it feel less permanent, and something you can just do for the sake of it.

    Exactly my thought on the subject as well, less permenant and you can make different tags for whatever comes to your mind, and you’re not really guilty of adding clutter to the list 🙂

  6. Joen says:

    James AkaXakA said:

    All true you guys, but I haven?t seen a really effective way (while still looking good) of presenting them yet.

    I find they?re either too much to the side or in the way of the flow – in both cases they?re likely to be discarded. Also, archives become very hard to display in a sane and sensible way.*

    *You can see I don?t like tagclouds much.

    It sounds like you acknowledge that even though tags look ugly in most of their blog incarnations, then can be used for good?

    If that’s the case, then you share exactly my sentiment.

    Have you seen Gmail? Their labels work great.

    khaled said:

    Joen said:

    Exactly my thought on the subject as well, less permenant and you can make different tags for whatever comes to your mind, and you?re not really guilty of adding clutter to the list 🙂

    Yep. I’m sold.

  7. Joen said:

    It sounds like you acknowledge that even though tags look ugly in most of their blog incarnations, they can be used for good?

    If that?s the case, then you share exactly my sentiment.

    Indeed.

    Have you seen Gmail? Their labels work great.

    Indeed!

  8. bramick says:

    Good find, thx.

  9. bramick says:

    I’m assuming this tag warrior is a plugin? Maybe it should be added here?

    http://www.noscope.com/colophon/plugins/

  10. Joen says:

    bramick said:

    I?m assuming this tag warrior is a plugin? Maybe it should be added here?

    http://www.noscope.com/colophon/plugins/

    You have probably seen an incorretly cached version of that page. Look again, the Ultimate Tag Warrior is there 🙂

  11. bramick says:

    Ah you sneaky. It’s at the beginning.. not it alphabetical order like the rest. 😉 My mistake.

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