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My video site offers full search functionality that searches based on title, description and tags.

I also have a category page that has 20+ categories to browse (each video is categorized as well as tagged).

I want to make a tag page that lists all the tags and the amount of videos that share that tag. This will help users who want to browse popular tags who wouldn't have known what to search.

I'm debating whether or not on this tag page to add a search within the page that allows users to filter through the list of tags. Similar to ux.stackexchange.com/tags. My site will have ~5k tags.

My first thoughts are if people KNEW what tags to search for they would just type them in the search box so having a search on the tag page itself is useless, right?

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Maybe you should introduce some general categories and add the tab structure into a tree structure for easier retrieval. That would reduce the need to know what the user is looking for and give them a shorter list of tags to read/search through. –  Barfieldmv Apr 18 '12 at 7:35
    
If it helps, the site is an adult site. The tags are user submitting it would.be a nightmare to make a tree structure for over 100k videos. –  surpr Apr 18 '12 at 13:23
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  • ~5k tags are far too confusing for any users so it is sure that without a search field it would be almost impossible to handle

  • You should use a general search field (just like in YouTube) and maybe add among filter options ('Search among tags'). But if your built-in search engine is clever enough the results would be much more relevant to the search term if it weighs title, description, and tags as well

  • Generally, tags can be very confusing because all users use different tagging, for example, a funny video may be tagged - fun, funny, laugh, happy... etc

  • Just give users a popular videos page and don't confuse them with tags! See what YouTube does, it works after all. Just learn from them!

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it's more about browsing a more granular niche than just a high level category. –  surpr Apr 18 '12 at 13:46
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In this case learn from huge adult video sites, how they do it! Don't try to reinvent things, what already work for others. –  Roland Pokornyik Apr 18 '12 at 13:54
    
Especially in case of adult content I think categorizing and a clever search field are enough, and than the 'small index pictures' and the 'title' will sell a video. There will be only, like 5% people looking for tags. –  Roland Pokornyik Apr 18 '12 at 13:56
    
Meanwhile the biggest free adult site right now only uses tags and doesn't even categorize. Which is why I'm launching this tag page in addition to categories. There's not much innovation when it comes to adult.. especially for user experience so usually copying the other guys doesn't help. –  surpr Apr 18 '12 at 14:25
    
then sorry :) I don't know de adult business that well (don't even know which is the biggest site) –  Roland Pokornyik Apr 18 '12 at 14:29
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In addition to what Roland said, unless your "just type a tag name" input handles substrings (like SE does), there is an additional value to search. Consider someone looking for cat videos -- yeah, he's doomed, but if he searches for "cat" you want him to find "funny-cat" too, not just "cat". Especially when tags are user-created, users cannot rely on consistent or logical naming patterns.

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Agreed. This applies directly to adult material as well. It will handle substrings. –  surpr Apr 18 '12 at 15:28
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