textual labels applied to content to denote a category, decided either by the creator of content or a user of an application. Common in content rich applications to aid searching.

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“Do Not Disturb” tags in hotels, how can they be improved?

We've seen keys being replaced by key cards, new LCD TVs, WiFi and LAN in each room but the one thing that doesn't seem to have changed is the "Do Not Disturb" tag that can be hung on the doorknob ...
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Do non-technical/non-web savvy users understand the concept of tags?

Here at Stack Exchange we're currently wrestling with weaknesses in our tags system. As we open up new verticals – some of which include very non-technical users like cooking – we suspect that the ...
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Can tags have hierarchy?

Does anyone have experience working with nested tags? I could not find any websites that allow users to have hierarchies in their tags (equivalent to non-mutually exclusive categories). Is it a bad ...
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Are tag/word clouds useful?

A lot of blogs or other types of sites with a lot of content use tag clouds, where trending words are shown and popular words are displayed larger. For example Should you put a tag cloud on your ...
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Tag-like UI element

There is a UI element that I have seen in several places, but in trying to find an implementation for it, I realized I don't know how to correctly refer to it. The element that I am thinking of is a ...
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Tags or hashtags?

I have a website at www.flickwit.com. I would like to introduce tags to allow users to search for content more specifically than channels. I have been wondering which option would be more acceptable ...
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How to allow users to create their own category without ending up with several variations of the same category?

I would like to create an application that allows users to create their own categories. Then other users will be able to discover those categories if they happen to be looking for the same thing. How ...
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Has there been an implementation of a tag hierarchy with graph edge relations?

When organizing information it is common to use either a hierarchy or tags. An element in a hierarchy is ordered within a predefined category and relates to other elements as above, below or at the ...
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Best description for “tags”

Although the concept of tags has become commonplace on the internet in the last few years, there are still many people that don't know what they are or what the point of them is. You want to make ...
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Making it clear which items in a long list are selected

I'm trying to design a portion of a web interface that allows users to tag items and view all items with a tag or set of tags on them - think gmail, if gmail allowed you to easily select multiple tags ...
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How to signify tag synonyms?

My UI brothers and sisters, I posted a request at Meta.StackExchange about clarifying what (s) means when adding tags on StackExchange. I think amongst us UI designers, we can agree that this is ...
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What is the difference between Categories, Keywords, Labels and Tags?

Is there a standard way of using Categories, Keywords and Tags in the context of blogs, websites and web applications? I am not sure if it is a case of these being equivalent of synonyms in some ...
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What makes a good tag separator?

I'm building an application to allow technical people to enter configuration changes. I'd like to add tags to each change. Right now I'm using spaces, commas and semicolons. It appears SO uses ...
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Handling hashtags in an click-to-edit-record row

Say we have a list of records displayed like this: Date Description Payer Amount --------------------------------------- 01/01 Rent Maxi $1000 12/01 Lunch with clients Bob ...
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How to search using tags - know any good examples?

I'm working on an application where tags are structures hierarchically - so while the list of tags is organized as a tree (just like categories), the items can appear under several such tags. The ...
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Tag cloud for web site actions - a no-no?

I am building a website, and my designer came up with the idea of using a (3d) tag cloud to display the different actions a user can take (the site's functionality is somewhat complex, and so ...
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Why is a tags first letter in lower case?

Too me, it would be more natural to have tags with an initial upper case letter than a lower case letter, but that isn’t the case (pun intended). I hear no reason to why that is, but colleagues keep ...
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Tags! Massive amounts of tags and a sane interface to use them

I am working on a web application for music which uses multi-tier tagging. Artists, albums, and tracks have a separate set of tags from a pre-defined list that can be applied, plus each user may add ...
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What are good rules for naming tags?

Similar to What are good rules for naming menu items?, what are good tag naming conventions? For example, should one pluralize the topic (wavelets) or always use the singular (wavelet)? Is it better ...
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What's the best way to present variables in a WYSIWYG editor?

I'm working on a WYSIWYG editor, similar to medium.com. We need to support variables inside the editor. For example, you might want to add text: Hi, *|FNAME|* which would be replaced with Hi, Gustavs ...
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In what cases is it usable to replace exhaustive blog categories with a few of the most popular tags?

Wall Street Journal doesn't have exhaustive navigation items on their Health Blog but just top topics, which are their top tags. In what cases does this make sense to do?
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Combine categories and tags in a blog-like website

This is a pretty specific question, but I really am not sure if it's the right way I'm thinking. It's about a music blog with lot's of different kind of articles that needs a better way of ...
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Products in Tabs - Bad idea?

In a current project I'm trying to make an argument against a 'major feature' of the homepage of an e-commerce site. The so called feature would be the display of featured products with different tags ...
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Do users really need to search through a tag page?

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 ...
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Tagging symbols (eg. @, #) What are the others?

I am creating a tagging system like Facebook. But unlike Facebook, where it would show all kinds of objects (eg. people, page, groups) under the '@' symbol, I want to separate things better. For ...
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good metaphor for deleting tags

I'm looking for a good example for the look and feel of tags. There are a small number (usually 0-3) tags. If there are already tags present on a record, how should the delete functionality be ...
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Why hyphenate tags? [duplicate]

I'm making a site where items are tagged. Each tag has its own page. For instance: dog animal pet english-bull-terrier Why do sites like StackOverflow use hyphens instead of spaces in their tags? ...
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Tagging Projects on a Portfolio

I am wanting to organize my work on my portfolio with tags. I am wondering if I should have tags describe the type of work and systems used AND a description of what the project is. For example: A ...
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Are actions within buttons easy to use?

There are examples on the web with actions within a clickable area. Does this create an issue with users mistakenly clicking a delete or close button vs the actual area? Examples:
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Should tags be buttons or links?

Are there any guidelines on how tags should ideally look like? Are they links, buttons, or visual "tags" with a link? I personally find tags that mimic a physical tag or strip of tape appealing, but ...
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Is it a good idea to show a warning to users who are typing tags incorrectly?

On our site, we have a tag field that looks like the following: Today, while looking at some of our users interacting with the site, I noticed that one of them had used only spaces to separate ...
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Should folksonomy tags be governed or not?

When we organize content it can be done in a hierarchy information model or a flat information model. The flat model is sometimes implemented by the use of metadata in the form of tags. Tags put ...
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Tags interface for an desktop accounting application?

The ancient question of tags vs categories will probably never grow old. Of course, in its general form the answer is "it depends". So here's a specific case: The application is an established ...
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Contextual error message

I am designing a new feature for a CMS my company uses. A few things you should know: We have content editors working mainly on adding pages to the system. We have thousands of pages, and no one ...
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How to simplify the UI to prompt user for tiers of information?

I'm building a website to track user comments on news around environmental issues. I went over all the use cases for the majority of my demographic, and decided I needed to collect some information ...
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Tag filters for grid layout?

I have an irregular "metro-style" grid of items of various types: Blog posts, press releases, reports etc. To the left, the user should be able to filter the grid by Topic and Content type. The topic ...
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Infinite growing item collection

We have a webapp that lets users to create their own tags and assign them data rows for identification purposes. Currently design looks something like this like this: -------------------- Created ...
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Design patterns for unstructured storage and search of information

The prevalence of tags seems to have helped drive a trend towards unstructured storage of information, and instead supporting unstructured or intelligent search features to help retrieve stored ...
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Should users be allowed to edit tags or just delete them?

I'm redesigning UI and features for tagging in a mobile app. The current implementation doesn't provide a way for users to directly edit or delete their existing tags. Currently, tags that are not ...
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Help with information architecture vocabulary

So, I'm trying to expand my information architecture vocabulary in english and I'm struggeling with tags. Lets say I want to describe a product with a couple of keywords. I've desided that you could ...
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Tags with hierarchical value (kind of priority)

I have some rules that applies to user. I wonder if a solution base on tags could be right. For example I have one user tagged: Manager, Computer scientist And I want to allow managers to buy for ...
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Is it bad to use information architecture to describe multiple topics with duplicate category names?

I'm rebuilding a site from scratch and would like to make better informed decisions about UX and IA. Is it bad to use information architecture to describe multiple topics with duplicate catagory ...
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Easiest way to tag content

What's the most user-friendly way to provide tagging functionality to a website? I like SE's tagging system: You can use type it in but there's also autocomplete It shows each tag separately It's ...
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UI terminology: Template tags vs object (categorization) tags

We are designing a business application that uses tags (like Stackexchange tags) for categorizing all manner of things. Nearly any object can be taggable and these tags are used for filtering, ...
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Introducing menu to select categories in an already cramped mobile UI

The image below is from a language learning app in which users guess which image from a selection of four matches a recorded audio caption. All of the images and captions are crowd sourced. ...
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Design of tag based filtering using interesting and ignored tags

Take the general case of entries classified based on tags - a QA forum such as SO, a traditional forum that's to be designed without categories, a list of articles or blog entries, or other entity ...
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Use Of Tags On Nested / Parented Resources

Imagine a simple site, containing numerous News Items and numerous Galleries which both comprise of some text, some tags, and both of which contain one or more Photos. Each Photo can also be tagged. ...
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How to show selected items list with the ability to remove them

I have the current design of items selection like this: A user can select multiple items from different tag types. The checkboxes allow multiple selections of items from the list. When Tag type 1 ...
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Text search and tags living in one single line

I have to redesign a map component, like the cards from Google Maps. In this case we have to select a sign from a repository ir order to set up to a Highway Gantry. As we have more than 120 different ...
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Browsing a collection of items via tag name

Take a collection of items. You split this collection up into 3 groups and then within your UI (in this example we'll assume we're designing an iOS app) you place a segment control with 3 segments so ...