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A lot of Scans Daily members often have issues when adding tags to their entries. We all make mistakes, after all. I've made them more than a few times... But lately we've had a lot of difficulty not reaching the limit of tags we are allowed under DW! So here's a few simple tips that can help you make the most out of our tags!

But what are tags? Well, tags are small keywords that you can add to a post so they're easy to locate. If someone's looking for a post in particular and doesn't know the address of the post itself, they can click on the character tag and browse around until they find the post they're looking for. Simple, right?

For reference, the Scans Daily tag list is viewable here.

How do I add a tag?

Every entry should have this icon at the bottom: Edit Icon

Click on it and you'll be taken to a page where you can add the tags you want. You can click on a tag and it'll be added to the box automatically, but due to the way it's designed, you can only click on one at a time - clicking on another will delete the first tag from the box. So how do we deal with that?

You can do it by using the Ctrl key (with Windows) or the Cmd key (with Mac) to select several tags from the box. As long as you keep the key pressed while clicking on different tag it won't unselect them. (Note that on [ profile] noscans_daily you don't need to use Ctrl/Cmd because livejournal has changed the way the feature works).

Another way to do it is to first go to the main Scans Daily tag list, and let it load. Once there, use your browser's search feature (it's usually mapped Ctrl + F on most English-language web browsers for Windows, Cmd + F with Mac) and type the name of the character you're looking for. For this example, let's go for someone simple: Deadpool.

Once you've found the name, highlight the tag name and copy it. (Ctrl + C usually works with Windows, Cmd + C with Mac) Now go to the tag entry page again, and paste the name of the character into the box (Ctrl + V in Windows, Cmd + V in Mac). Make sure that there's no white spaces before or after the name. Do this for every character, situation, book name, author name, or in-joke that you want to add as a tag. Separate each tag with a comma, and once you're done, click on "Save changes" to save the tags. The site will tell you that the tags have been saved and you can either go back and add more tags, or view the page, now with the tags added. Pretty simple, right?

I want to add a tag, but it doesn't seem to exist. What do I do?

If your post has a character, situation or event that doesn't exist in our tags, you can add it! Click on the Add Tag button again and let the page load. Now, instead of selecting a name from the drop box or choosing one from the tag list, enter the tag directly on the box. Do note that we have a specific system in place to minimize clutter:

"admin: " - Reserved for moderator and admin posts.

"char: " - If you want to add a character, then add his name preceded by "char: ". For example, if you want to add George W. Bush to the tag list, you should type "char: George W. Bush".

Many comics characters have several identities so the usual way to go is to start with their super-identities, and follow with their "civilian" identity after a slash, like this "char: superman/clark kent". If they've had several super identities, we usually start with the one they're most famous for, then the other ones, for example "char: phoenix/marvel girl/rachel summers". For some characters this can get easily complicated or hard to guess, so remember to check the characters you want to add under all possible identities before creating a new tag, maybe they already exist under one you didn't think of right away. We try to keep only one tag for one character!

"creator: " - If you want to make sure that we know about the writers and artists, then add their name preceded by "creator: ".

"era: " - Denotes a specific comic book era. At the moment we have three options: "Bronze Age", "Silver Age", and "Golden Age". If you don't know what's up with those ages then leave them alone.

"event: " - Used to pinpoint posts dealing with company crossover events such as Marvel's Civil War, or DC Comics' Battle For The Cowl.

"genre: " - Used to pinpoint posts with specific genres. For example: Horror, Romance, Yaoi, and so on.

"group: " - Used to tie posts to particular groups of superheroes - or super villains. Examples include the Justice League of America, Teen Titans, the Kree and the Sinister Six.

"in-joke: " - Scans Daily in-jokes! Some of these are holdovers from our old community. Trust me, you'll get to know them eventually.

"medium: " - If the item being posted is not on a printed comic, then you can use this to specify where it's from. Some examples include webcomics, newspaper comic, videos, or various non American comic traditions like manga or bande dessinée.

"nsfw: " - If the item is not safe for work due to adult content, you MUST use these tags to identify the post or else the mods will yell at you.

"publisher: " - Used to identify the publisher.

"series: " - Some of our posters create long series of posts dealing with a specific character, event, or theme. Or sometimes we have theme weeks where we're encouraged to post something specific. These tags are for them. Series mentioned here include bluefall's When Wondy Was Awesome series, or colonel_green's When Stevie Was Dead series. Don't use this tag for TV series!! Those still go under "title:"

"theme: " - Does your post deals Ninjas? Gender swapping? Racism? Religion? Any other particular topic? Then you can use these tags to make sure we know about it! If you do a post for one of our special Week Themes that's also what you use to tag it.

"trigger warning:" - Does your post contain upsetting and disturbing content that could remind people of their trauma? Then you MUST use this tag to help vulnerable people protect themselves from it if they wish. Some examples include rape, self-harm or racism.

"title: " - Used to pinpoint a specific book series or miniseries. For example, 52, Fantastic Four, or Casstoons.

It is very important that you add a space after the colon. So, if you want to add a tag for Superduperman, you should add it as "char: superduperman". And yes, that's a real character. Google it. :P

Don't add tags that are completely random or redundant!! We have a limited number of tags for the community (up to 5,000 tags) and we actually kind of struggle in order to keep free spots.

I still have a question.

You can always contact the mods at scansdailymod[at]gmail[dot]com, or by asking directly on an admin post, like this one. Don't hesitate!

Credit to foxhack for the first version of this page.


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