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Tag Tips

    The big thing to keep in mind when tagging -- they are a search tool. What do people search for? Issues, people, and races. Tags should ALWAYS address one of those three.

    1. Use combinations of simple tags rather than inventing complex ones.

    2. Try to think of what tags people might use to search for something and use those. Remember, tags are like categories. And people don't search for "humor" or "satire". They search for issues, races, and people.

    3. Try to re-use existing tags.

    4. Keep it simple. Don't use tags that are redundant.

    5. For election blogging, add the year, state and office. So the Colorado governor's race in 2006 is tagged: "2006, governor, Colorado". Also add the dKos-style abbreviation of the race (two digit state abbreviation and race). So a governor's race would be "CA-Gov", a Senate race "CA-Sen", and a congressional race would be "CA-06".

    6. Stop with the "cutesy" tags. This is a tool to help organize content, not show how clever you are with keywords like "HUNTERRIFIC" to express how great Hunter's diary was.

    7. Use first and last names for all people. Believe it or not, people sometimes share last names.

    8. You can find existing tags using Tag Search or use Tagfinder to browse tags by category.

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