Tagging Volunteers Needed - Help Tag SMF Threads, Articles and Images

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by tulsajeff, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    Tagging is very beneficial and helpful to our community and site visitors and we need your help!

    Basically, "Tags allow information from around the forum to be aggregated or grouped together.  They are labels that can be added to threads, articles and even images to tie pieces of content together to make relevant information easier to find."

    Here is an example of our tag page for pulled pork where it pulls threads, articles, and images together due to the tags that have been input thus far.

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/tag/pulled-pork

    We need your help tagging stuff on SMF! 

    As you're browsing the site, please tag the threads, articles and images with relevant tags.  We especially want to make sure that the most popular and topic specific items on the site are tagged.

    We have tags for almost everything but you will no doubt find things that do not have a tag created for it yet and if you run across them and want to let me know what needs to be added, I will get to it as soon as I can.

    We have over 96,000 threads that need to be tagged and around 140 articles and a ton of pictures.

    If you can tag only 1 or if you can tag 1000, I will be sincerely grateful!

    So what are tags?

    Within the forum we have sections such as "Smoking Meat" and "Equipment" and then these are further broken down into subsections such as "Pork","Beef", "Poultry", "Smokers", etc. 

    Tags are a way to break things down even further into groups using labels.

    For example, under the subsection "Pork", we might have tags such as spare ribs, baby back ribs, pork loin, pulled pork, pork butt, pork shoulder, pork brains, pig ears.. just to scratch the surface. 

    Once things are tagged, the system will begin to show related content based on these tags. In a thread about pulled pork, you would see several boxes on the right side of the page listing related threads and articles about pulled pork.

    The different types of tags
    • Topic tags: related to a specific topic such as pulled pork, brining, curing bacon, etc.
    • Category tags: Usually refers to a product type such as "Charcoal Smoker"
    • Item tags: Related to a specific product such as "Weber 731001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 22.5-Inch Smoker"
    • Brand tags: Related to a specific brand such as "Masterbuilt".
    How to tag a thread

    When you click on a thread, look in the right sidebar about halfway down and you will see the text, "Topics Discussed".


    Type some text into the box and matches will start to come up. 

    I typed in "pulled pork" to show you an example.

    When I typed this in, you can see all of the topics that popped up. I chose Pulled-Pork by clicking the + sign.


    Pulled-Pork is now showing up as a tag in the thread.


    Tagging images is similar to tagging threads except that the tagging interface is in a slightly different location. On images, it is just below the right side of the picture.


    Note, you can add more than 1 tag to a thread, article or image but I also think it's best to not go overboard with it. 1 to 4 tags is plenty of tags for now.

    I sincerely appreciate the help and if you have any questions or if you find tags that need to be added, please post them here in this thread along with the link to the thread that needs the tag.

    For instance, if you see a thread about smoking pizza but discover that we have no tags referring to pizza then you would need to let me know that.

    Thank you for your help!
     
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2013
  2. I'd be glad to help the cause, information has no value if it can't be found.
     
  3. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    Much appreciated, Grimm!!
     
  4. Well, I personally have only started a small handful of threads so far... so I just went back and tagged them all appropriately (I think?)

    I will also continue to help out by tagging new untagged threads posted by others as I enjoy browsing through these forums!  [​IMG]
     
  5. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    Thank you so much.. I really appreciate the help!
     
  6. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Some thing to do on my sleepless nights while randomly reading all I can on here! Cant wait to start with my own threads.. and others in the future! I totally agree with ta Grimm.. its worth my time anytime....
     
  7. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    It might put you back to sleep but it's worth a try[​IMG]

    Thanks a lot for the help.. much appreciated!
     
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Jeff,

    Whatever it is you're doing, keep doing it, because I have never seen a search box work near as good as the one on this forum!!!  Even a Bear can find anything he wants to find!!

    Bear
     
  9. I'm in.  Trying to learn to tag now.

    .+1 Bear comments above.
     
  10. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    Thank you, Bear! I agree.. it does work very well for finding things. I can get lost for hours just looking up stuff[​IMG]
     
  11. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    Thank you immensely for the help!! If you need help just holler and I'll see if I can help you figure it out.[​IMG]  
     
  12. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

  13. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

  14. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I saw that.. thanks ;)
     
  15. radio

    radio Smoking Fanatic

  16. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yea I should probably play with this on my laptop not my phone.. but no internet at the casa ; ( will keep on ;)
     
  17. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    Added "meatloaf" to the database.

    I agree that it should also be tagged as meatloaf as well as ground beef.
     
  18. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I had to tag this one for sure... hah.. I could have some fun with this when im bored. Lol
     
  19. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I commit to doing this for every thread I look at. Anything to support the great forum that has made smoking so enjoyable for me.

    Disco
     
  20. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    Wow! Thank you very much, Disco. This is certainly appreciated!
     

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