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02 December 2005 @ 10:58 pm
a deep, sheeplike pride  
For an embarrassingly long time I didn't get the point of tags. People talked about them for three solid weeks and I would read, and read again, and seriously have NO comprehension what they were intended for. And everyone seemed very excited. I was of course too lazy to go read a FAQ or ask someone. But recently I had the eureka moment, and so I've fallen into step with the crowd and started tagging posts. I've only done through October or so, and I've been on LJ, er, three years, I think.... o.o So I'll be working on this tagging project for a while. And then they'll introduce a new feature that will render it obsolete yay!

I've got a few dozen tags made, but not many have enough posts attached yet to make browsing worthwhile; I'll put links up later. Somewhere. (They should give you a "list tags" option like "list interests" in User Info.)

Anyway. The SGA fic one is useful, more useful than my saved memories; the filter goes back to the first bit of scribbling I did. And now that I look, it's mostly scribbling, actually.

I also see that I have a lot of stuff under wittering. Shocking! Yeah. Some people might also find the hard stuff tag of interest--depression, meds, sobriety, penguins. I'm sure that both those categories will grow quite a bit as I tag back through my calendar.

I'm really just making this post so that I can show off the icon that monanotlisa made. As yin_again put it: Rodney Angsty!Santa! *fuzzy joy*
par avionpar_avion on December 3rd, 2005 07:11 am (UTC)
Just a quick warning: tags are only good for 100 entries. (AFAIK)
Anna S.eliade on December 3rd, 2005 07:12 am (UTC)
What?! NOOOOO!
par avionpar_avion on December 3rd, 2005 07:15 am (UTC)
Meaning that one tag can only cover 100 enries. So it's better to create specific tags, rather than very general tags.

Tag: TV (bad)
Tag: SGA episode commentary (better)
Anna S.: aeryneliade on December 3rd, 2005 07:18 am (UTC)
Ah. Good to know! Most of mine are pretty specific, but I was figuring to do overlapping too--like, "sga fic" and "fic" so that you could see a full list or fandom-specific sublist. So I guess I won't worry about that too much. :) I'll just tag back to 100 on the general ones, though I can also see ways around it, hmm--like "fic 2004" and "fic 2003." Zounds, my cleverness blows my mind. Like a fat tire hitting a pointy nail!
Anna S.: jack-bristow-darkeliade on December 3rd, 2005 07:19 am (UTC)
(Also, THANK YOU! I would have been quite annoyed if I'd put pointless and very tedious effort in for nothing.)
par avionpar_avion on December 3rd, 2005 07:23 am (UTC)
No problem!

It's not doccumented in the FAQ, I was just trying to find it. But I remember people complaining about it when they discovered it the hard way.

(Hopefully someone will chime in if LJ has fixed that limitation).
Anna S.: morboeliade on December 3rd, 2005 07:23 am (UTC)
Okay, huh. Here's something--in my tags management box, I show "fic" as having 24 entries, but when I count on the filtered results page, it only shows 20. I am just going to kick their stupid goat now.
par avionpar_avion on December 3rd, 2005 07:25 am (UTC)
There's no option to see another page?

I think if your journal is set to show 20 entries per page you will only see 20 tagged entries, but there should be a page 2 with the other 4?
Anna S.: alien reseliade on December 3rd, 2005 07:31 am (UTC)
Huhhhh...no. Perhaps if I bang my monitor against the wall like this, though, they will fall out... *BANGS*
par avionpar_avion on December 3rd, 2005 07:39 am (UTC)
It might have something to do with your journal layout. Try editing the url so that it looks like this:


Because it works in ludditerobot's journal.
Anna S.: jack-bristow-darkeliade on December 3rd, 2005 07:56 am (UTC)
Thank you! I had to wrestle LJ for a while just now but I figured out what to do. :) I appreciate all your help *so* *much*. I hate LJ's UI and try not to have to do anything with it too often.
Anna S.: rodney-happy-smileeliade on December 3rd, 2005 08:28 am (UTC)
You know what this has made me realize--that I also totally didn't get the point of the S2 style system either. *facepalm* So so so so sad. Is what I am. Or was. Because now I'm "with it" and "hip" and "groovy," or so that hippie with the twitching eye who hangs around the bus-stop tells me.
abbyleeabbylee on December 3rd, 2005 07:38 am (UTC)
That's 'cause your style is missing the link to the previous page

But you can only go back as far as 100. It's a crappy limitation.
Anna S.: john pretty!eliade on December 3rd, 2005 07:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! :) You've been really helpful! I would have been totally at a loss on my own.
abbyleeabbylee on December 3rd, 2005 07:26 am (UTC)
Also, if you want a quick list of all your tags, you can find them here:

I know I often use that when trying to figure out where to find things.
Anna S.eliade on December 3rd, 2005 07:31 am (UTC)
Ahhh--useful. :) Thank you!
peasant_ on December 3rd, 2005 08:12 am (UTC)
Tags are of the best - much better than memories for finding stuff if only people would use them.

Did you know you can get your minions obliging friends to tag your entries for you? A feature designed with the lazy in mind.
Anna S.: john-devileliade on December 3rd, 2005 08:28 am (UTC)
That's so cool! My minions are damn lucky I'm a control freak. *g*
zvi LikesTV: Secret Santazvi_likes_tv on December 3rd, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
If you want to be really hardcore
you can add all of your tags to your sidebar instead of adding a few select ones as links.
Anna S.eliade on December 3rd, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
Re: If you want to be really hardcore
*pounces on your smart brain and eats it!*
Explicit Adult Content? You're soaking in it!: xmas rodney by monanotlisayin_again on December 3rd, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
We must all love Angsty!Santa Rodney!
Lobelia the adverbiallobelia321 on December 3rd, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC)
I was puzzled about tags! Mainly because I couldn't see them in my own LJ because I am on style 1, and they exist only in style 2. So, desperate to get in on the bandwagon, I jumped to style 2, but then my font went serif and I hate serif fonts on the screen! So I had to change back to style 1 and now I am tagless. :-(
Anna S.: rodney-teylaeliade on December 3rd, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
Hmm. That's odd. I just got Verdana, which is what it defaulted to before as well. I think you can set the font in S2. And the thing about S2 I didn't realize is that it's basically a WYSIWYG screen of options--you don't have to learn LJ's stupid proprietary coding logic. I wish I'd known that a year ago. :P
Lobelia the adverbiallobelia321 on December 6th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, you mean it's wisywig when you format it, the style 2, that is?

And how did you get Verdana? I chose it as my default preference in my internet browser Preference menu but style 2 overrides this and I couldn't figure out how to make it go Verdana in the actual LJ layout. What did you do?
Anna S.eliade on December 6th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, you mean it's wisywig when you format it, the style 2, that is?

Yes--it has tabs. It's very cool.

And how did you get Verdana?

You can actually choose that in S2. :) (It's weird, though, that S2 overrides it. Because my default was Verdana.)
Anna S.: jack oneilleliade on December 6th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
(What I meant to say was, the default font in S2 when I began customizing was Verdana, and I just didn't change it. So that seems odd to me that you'd get something else.)