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Please begin with an informative title:

Since September eighth I have looked at the tags of every diary posted. About half of new diaries now have no obvious tagging errors. I've uppercased thousands of tags in the database. When I find a misspelling I check and if it's been misspelled before I link or synonym the misspelled version to the correctly spelled tag and it will never happen again.

I believe that I am making substantial progress and that tags are more attractive and more useful.


You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

The first column is the number of times a tag has been used. The second and fourth columns are the number of tags used at least that many times as of the date at the top of the column. The percentage in the third column is the fraction that have only been used that many times as of September eight. I didn't recalulate.

Half of all tags have only been used once.
Ninety percent of all tags have been used fewer than twelve times.
Ninety nine percent of all tags have been used fewer than 200 times.

   08Sep2013   06Oct
1 345,792 47% 348,078
2 162,446 33  163,948
3 115,153 26  116,134
4  90,472 21   91,161
5  74,706 18   75,217
6  63,853 16   64,212
7  56,036 14   56,337
8  49,881 13   50,698
9  45,027 12   45,175
10 41,136 11   41,238
11 37,826 10   37,926
12 35,085  9   35,144
14 30,768  8   30,785
16 27,478  7   27,501
20 22,951  6   22,941
28 17,405  5   17,380
40 13,038  4   13,006
50 10,901  3   10,860
90  6,736  2    6,697
200 3,442  1    3,413
400 1,848  0.5  1,832

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