Background: Tags were around for at least two years, and although the majority of main contributors/editors never use them, many users put them to good use. There was always a discord on tags’ use and their exact definition (since the existing ones are a bit ambiguous) and there is absolutely no control of their implementation. Particularly three tags (E-quirhythmic, P-oetic and S-ingable) are often misunderstood and a cause of discussions. Suggestions were made in the past to change the definition (and hence the use) of some of these tags or to introduce new ones (L-iteral for example). Tags are, nevertheless, important. For example, one of the LT’s doubles divides all translations in two groups – ordinary and Equirhythmic. If more users will use them correctly, we will have more traffic. Incorrect use may give guests a sour taste of their first visit.
I have two suggestions in mind, both will be not easy to implement code-wise, but it is something for tech wizards to consider, and for us to discuss.
Suggestion #1: to allow users to tag works of others, as simple as that.
For example, If you see that some translation has deviations from the original, tag it as P-oetic, guests and users will know it is not accurate, not literal. Authors may or may not tag their translations, it’s not that important, as long as many users will tag translations they read. Since there is a large number of existing translations with tags, I would go further and remove/flush all tags altogether. It’s a bit radical step for sure, but it might be necessary/useful, since we have numerous users who tag ALL of their translations with E,P,R,M,S or even C,E,P,R,M,S, which is nonsense in the first place. Let others tell you what they think of your translations by tagging them. This will eliminate the need of mods to control tags (in case LT will get one day serious about them). As a result we will have a translation that, for example, will have a E-tag (marked by 6 users) and a S-tag (marked by 2 users). Such a feature is common on many sites.
Ideally, I would love to see Up and Down votes next to these tags, for example S-tag ^ v, allowing users to disagree with a proposed tag (6 users fount it singable, 2 disagree on that, as a result S-tag has a displayed value of 4). If any tag receives a negative sum, it is not displayed and so on. I think it will be pretty useful.
Suggestion #2. Similar to tagging translations please give us an ability to tag comments. A number of users enjoy the social aspect of LT, and this will make LT more user-friendly. How about such tags as “helpful”, “funny”, “toxic”, and “off-topic” for comments? It will make someone feel indeed “helpful” or will help to label toxic discussions and/or users. Same logic/mechanism applies with Up and Down votes for these tags as well: 1,491 people found Schnurrbrat's suggestion helpful, 1 funny.
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