You’re It

In which we consider the mechanics of tagging

Feeling at a loose end, I’ve been experimenting with possible ways of adding to the posts here, without making them unreadable. There are three ideas I’m trying:

a) using a different class of link for links that identify tags
b) additionally, confining tags to a footnote-like section at the bottom of each post
c) putting tags inside an “invisible” block inside each post (using ‘display: none’ to hide the tag paragraph)

This post uses (a); and I’ve also edited Friday’s post to use a combination of (a) and (b). Thursday’s post, on the other hand, has been edited with (b) alone. My first reaction is that including the tags in the post body makes the post look a bit too messy, and not many people will realise the difference between the two sorts of link. If you have an opinion, let me know what you think. Would (c) even work, or would it just be ignored?

Update, later that day: I’ve emailed Technorati Support to ask if (c) would actually work. It does feel like a bit of a dirty, underhand trick to pull though.

Update, some years later – Jan 24th ’09 to be precise: I eventually decided on a method combining (a) and (b). And – pending a redesign – I still use it. However, I’m currently rewriting all the tags so they don’t go to Technorati any more, they go to “tag pages” within this site instead. It’s demonstrated, for one thing, that lots of people do actually click on the tags. Incidentally, as part of this, I’ve regularised the “test posts” described above; the “(b) test” no longer looks as described.

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2 comments on “You’re It”

  1. Pam says:

    Personally, I don’t really know much about these tag things but I think b) is the best option. I find myself wanting to click on the ones in a).

  2. Forest Pines says:

    I’m siding towards (b) myself, I think.

    (I only noticed today that it’s more or less what Gordon does too.)

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