[identity profile] bluefall.insanejournal.com posting in [community profile] scans_daily
In re: tagging our posts - due to the length of character names, if we're doing this whole identities thing, should we be using something like "char: cape name/civilian name" instead? (For example, instead of "character: silver swan ii/nessie kapatel" we could get "char: silver swan ii/nessie kapatelis," just to pick a completely random, have-no-idea-why-that-might-have-occurred-to-me example >.>). If so, that's probably something we should hash out early while it's still not too much of a headache to change.

For relevant legality,

Date: 2009-03-06 01:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxhack.insanejournal.com
We already have a problem as it is. Check out Batgirl I and Robin I's name tags. B. Gordon and D. Grayson. And I had problems with character: Spoiler/Robin IV/Stephanie Brown. :(

Grrrrrrrrrrrrr stupid tag limits.

Date: 2009-03-06 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kamino_neko.insanejournal.com
Personally, I think ditching the cape names would be the best, unless they don't have a known civilian name.

Legacies and changing identities make the whole cape name/civilian name set up rather overly complex.

Date: 2009-03-06 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unknownscribler.insanejournal.com
I dislike the current tag system -- far too complicated and unintuitive.

Date: 2009-03-06 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ratmel.insanejournal.com
I'm not convinced by the compound tags. I think it's including data that the medium is not suited for and doesn't really make it any easier to locate individual tags in the list. The fact that Dick Grayson is a character, is Robin I and is also Nightwing III (iirc :/) is information for a wiki. In a tag list it's just superfluous - Robin I will always be Dick Grayson who will always be a character. The tags should be an index not an appendix.

The compound tags do have their uses, for instance we may want 'title: robin' when we need the book rather than the cape, but these should be the exception rather than the rule.

Simple is best. The less complicated the tags are the fewer mistakes are going to be made. After all what are the chances of accidentally creating a new tag by misspelling 'jason todd' compared to 'character: robin ii/red hood/jason todd'?

I think what we really need are obvious tags like 'robin', 'nightwing', 'dick grayson', 'tim drake', and an external system that monitors our tagging and gives us a way to cross-reference them. That way we could look up 'tim drake' + 'dick grayson' when we need the brotherly lovin'! ^_^

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