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I have taken a look at nearly every tag followed by ten kogs or used four hundred times.

For nearly two weeks I have taken a look at the tags of every recent diary. You would not believe some of them. I am not claiming that I have read every diary and in the vast majority of the cases I scrolled through them to the tags and the Tip Jar.

Some basic rules regarding best practice for tagging.

Add new tags. The useless ones are not hurting anyone
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Do not use the taggee's title unless he is the Pope
. Senator Udall might refer to three senators from a distinguished family. First name, second name. When I have a question regarding nicknames of the famous I use the en.wiki as my style guide. Jimmy Carter is an excellent example.

If the taggee requires a middle initial the proper form is:

George space H. space W. space Bush

Election diaries pose problems.

My guess is that useful tags in election diaries will consist of several short tags rather than complicated ones.

Election, Primary, 2013, NYC-Mayor
Is probably more useful than tag salad surprise.

Please note that New York City and Washington DC are cities and that Washington and New York are states.

Originally posted to aoeu on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 03:05 PM PDT.

Also republished by Cranky Users and New Diarists.

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A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

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