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Fandom tags? Or no fandom tags?
We've been approached several times now about adding fandom tags, seeing as SWS is a large community and tons of post per day. So, we want your opinion. Fandom tags or just leave it how it is.

The good thing about tags is, sometimes people miss post from their fandom friends and this would give them the ability to find them easily. What this bored mod has been doing is compiling a possible list of tags to add. I'd love your input of what tags to have as well concerning fandoms, seeing as I don't know all of them. You can view them below the lj cut below. So leave your opinions. if there's enough 'yay's, then we will start adding them as soon as possible - (I'm going to give it about three days so that people can get their opinions and tag suggestions in.

Edit: clarity on the soon as possible: by this it intentionally meant: as soon as possible being when things are hammered out and a system is devised. and three days meaning: three days for people to get their opinions in (not three days and we're making a decision)

harry potter
whoniverse (includes dr who/torchwood/sarah jane)
the vampire diaries
whedonverse (includes buffy/firefly/dollhouse/whedonstuff)
gossip girl
the walking dead
lord of the rings
true blood

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How would new tags be added?

I personally think the creation of new tags should be open to everyone. The mods could police the tags page once in a while to make sure everything's going okay, but allowing everyone to make new tags would really lessen the impact for the mods. It would also ensure that every fandom is covered, since individual muns are more likely to know which ones need tags.

This would also lessen the need for grouped together tags, like "whoverse" and "whedonverse" - why would these be grouped together anyway? Especially whedonverse -- just because they're by the same creator doesn't mean they're in the same world or anything.

Also, how many tags would be allowed per post? What if someone has an original character from HP? Could they post the [original character] tag and [book: harry potter] tag, or would this be limited like the roleplay journal/personal journal tags? Would the rp/pj tags be re-done to fit in with the format of the new tags?

I personally think the creation of new tags should be open to everyone.

No, no, no. God no. No. I have been a member of too many LiveJournal communities who have allowed for this kind of thing, and it's the biggest headache of all time. You will end up with half a dozen tags for one single fandom because people will either spell it incorrectly, designate it differently, or even try to push it to the top of the pile by adding unnecessary symbols.

Those tags can be combined into one through the tag creation page, though. And otherwise how would tags be submitted as necessary? That'd be a lot of work for the mods.

...What? Exactly it'd be a lot of work either way?

That's precisely what I think, yes. You won't eliminate the work the moderators will have to do if you allow for open creation of tags. All you'll do is make it even more frustrating. The only thing worse than having to do a lot of work on your own is having to clean up the shoddy work of thousands of other people.

WORD. Letting the comm members make tags would be a nightmare. Between misspellings and typos and all the other craziness people do, you could end up with a half-dozen versions of what should be one tag.

No no no, no allowing people to make their own tags. What alittle_colder said. We'll fill up our tags in no time, and have a headache over checking every variation of canon tags for posts. It'd take more work to fix tags than to just have a tag request page that mods update tags every few days/week from.

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