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The interim solution I have proposed is diary tagging. More work for diarists however, unless there is an index of carefully planned tags that can be clicked on - rather like the <allowed html> list that is presented as you write.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Nov 20th, 2010 at 04:16:02 PM EST
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A good buddy of mine worked on "Semantic Web" stuff back in 1971.  It didn't work.  

The reasons why are tedious and complex but, as an illustrative example, one reason comes down to the way I use English (words, in the vulgar sense :-), and the way you use English and the way Jake, say, uses English are all ever so slightly different that sum to the necessity for having a ATinNM-to-Sven-to-Jake [& iterate]/English Dictionary & Grammar translation handy and start adding on every user, and every possible user.

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by ATinNM on Sat Nov 20th, 2010 at 04:53:39 PM EST
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There is a system of diary tagging. Not a perfectly conceived list, true, but it's there. Who uses it?

(Hint: no one, or almost).

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Nov 20th, 2010 at 04:57:24 PM EST
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There is? Where?

On other group-blogs I have used tags, mainly from a list someone else made. In general if it comes at the right point in the process (after writing, before preview and publish) and it can be accessed easily from a reader perspective, I think it would be used.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Nov 20th, 2010 at 07:08:52 PM EST
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There's plenty to criticise about it: the list isn't well-thought-out, and it isn't mentioned in "How to post a diary" in the User Guide. Above all, there's only one possible choice. But you can use those topic tags to filter your search results in the (awful) Scoop Search function. Which might be useful if everyone used them whenever possible.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Nov 21st, 2010 at 03:09:33 AM EST
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I seem to recall there being a bug in that function. I take it it was resolved, then? Or am I misremembering?

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Nov 21st, 2010 at 03:11:57 AM EST
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Never heard of that. If you're right there was a bug (discussed where?), I doubt if it's been fixed.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Nov 21st, 2010 at 03:16:32 AM EST
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A quick test of the Search function reveals that... you're right. It will bring up a result based on the text entered, irrespective of the topic tag.

More Scoop magic.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Nov 21st, 2010 at 03:22:32 AM EST
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