View Full Version : Suggestion: Tag suggestions as-you-type.

10-12-2012, 09:02 AM
Hello Weasyl!

I read the threads regarding tagging in the Site Discussion section and so far I've seen some really great ones!

eriscontrol (http://forums.weasyl.com/vbulletin/member.php?576-eriscontrol)'s suggestion about implementing tag aliases and tag implications (http://forums.weasyl.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?802-suggestion-tag-aliases-tag-implications) is a phenomenal idea, and Morphology (http://forums.weasyl.com/vbulletin/member.php?39-Morphology)'s concern that users need to tag submissions accurately (http://forums.weasyl.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?834-Reminder-about-tagging) is indeed a concern I share. Already I have seen several submissions with multiple tags that are missing, non intuitive, and are not common or clear. ("mf" for example representing a heterosexual image.)

In that light, I suggest an "auto-fill" like function attached to the tagging system pulling suggestions as the user types from a "standard library" of tags. (For example: female, male, hetero, homo, straight, gay, human, animal, etc...)

Not exactly auto-fill (we can learn from Apple's mistakes ;)) but as you type it displays a list of 5-10 of the closest matches and/or most common tags in the standard library that match what the user has already entered appearing below the text input window.

When a user clicks on a suggested tag, it would be added and the text box cleared for adding a second.

Think of the suggested search function on the Google home page.

I believe such a system would be relatively easy to implement (but what do I know), would make tagging easier for users, would mesh with the mission and intent of adopting tag aliases and tag implications, and gently guide users towards a more cohesive list of tagging that would increase clarity, improve tag searching, and and enhance filtering capabilities.

tl;dr: Suggested tags as you type from a standard list la-Google Search.

10-12-2012, 09:49 PM
I like this idea! At times I have difficulty spelling certain words and having the tagging field exempt from Firefox's dictionary it's hard to tell if I'm right on spelling or not w/o checking google.

10-13-2012, 08:22 AM
I like this, if not just because I'm lazy. :P

10-14-2012, 07:49 PM
I often sit there trying to think of what tags I might be missing that should go on, and usually end up not being able to think of many.

10-14-2012, 11:19 PM
i think this is a great idea and it helps with the lack of tags. something else that could be suggested it and i think its been mentioned but i would like to emphasize something like common tag suggestions along side the as you type suggestions for the tags