View Full Version : Tagging: The Basics!

Fay V
03-21-2013, 07:41 PM

Hey Weasyl Users!

We're back to deliver another hot tip straight off the Weasyl easel just for you!

As some of our older members know from past announcements we at Weasyl really like to impress the use of our tagging feature with submissions as we've made announcements about them in the past. Tags help users who are searching for a specific type of genre, character or subject matter they enjoy, using our on-site search engine. The engine is most effective when everyone takes the time to categorize their submissions with the most precise tags possible when they upload a submission. The more accurate and specific the tags you provide on your work, the more likely your content will appear in another user's search.

To standardize the tagging system, there are five basic tags that can help effectively and fully describe a submission.

1) Subject: What is the focus of the piece? Is it a story about Anthros? A picture of humans? A poem about Monsters or Feral creatures? This tag allows for a users to search the broad range of their interests.

2) Gender: Are the characters male? Female? Or perhaps part of a different group on the gender spectrum?

3) Species: Is the character a Dog? Bird? Crow? Or perhaps a sentient appliance teamed up its fellow appliances on a grand adventure?

4) Genre: Is romance in the air, or is your heart pumping with suspense? Perhaps the submission is filled with fantasy or science fiction. Does it drive someone to tears with drama or to bits with comedic laughter?

5) Setting: If there is a background is it snowy, sunny, rainy? Does the story take place in England or Rome? Is your picture set in the forest perhaps? Or do you have a poem about a futuristic utopia?

These are just a few basic ideas to get you started. Of course you can always be more specific by going into the colors used, certain actions or items. Perhaps the work is inspired by a show, cartoon, video game or book. All of these would make excellent tags, but the five above can be seen as a base standard as to the kinds of tags we encourage to help facilitate the most accurate search results and to better promote your work of your favorite subjects.

Please keep in mind: our tags are displayed alphabetically and are designed for organization and effectiveness. Therefore tags are not a means to communicate messages to other members. We ask that our users please keep tags relevant to the submission content and use the submission description in order to communicate their thoughts to other users.

While we at Weasyl do recognize that tagging your content may seem a bit tedious at times, we believe the benefits far outweigh the possible hassles. One of the consistent requests we hear from our users is that we attempt to make it easier for lesser known artists to get noticed. We hope that by tagging submissions effectively everyone can gain more exposure and be able to find other artists who enjoy similar art styles, genres or subject matters. Or perhaps even branch out and find something or someone you didn't know about before. In this way we hope to build a community that caters to a wide variety of interests while providing an opportunity for each user to seek out creative content and original artists which they may not otherwise discover.

You can find more information about tagging in our Tagging Guide found here: https://www.weasyl.com/help/tagging

Thank you all for your help, and please do follow us on Twitter and Tumblr, as well as join our forums to interact with and keep up-to-date on all things Weasyl!

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03-21-2013, 08:41 PM
Oh, nice addition to the help tagging guid.
Thanks for your awesome work ^__^

wintergreen skunk
03-23-2013, 07:31 AM
say there was an artist that mis spelled something in a tag and you wanted to be that good guy to correct it.
Whoops! You cannot remove tags that have been added by the artist

thanks obama :C

03-23-2013, 01:41 PM
say there was an artist that mis spelled something in a tag and you wanted to be that good guy to correct it.
Whoops! You cannot remove tags that have been added by the artist

thanks obama :C

Currently the artist/author of the submission can have settings that prevent other users from removing or editing their tags. This leaves other users only the option to add tags. If you notice a submission with incorrect tags, your best option is to report the submission to bring it to staff attention and the tags can be edited from there.