would you like to have tag support for topics? Besides the broad forum categories (subforums), you could then filter for tags such as TikZ, Koma-Script, BibTeX, editor names, package names, ... also combined. We could implement an advanced search engine using tags too.
You know tags from word press sites, perhaps those tag clouds. I don't mean just a nice cloud, I mean tags for browsing, filtering, perhaps also feed support.
If yes - what to do with the existing 17565 topics? I spend some days writing a program which does tagging automatically based on pattern matching. Even if I made it pretty sophisticated, after designing a tag list:
- a set of important tags which also can match in source codes
- common tags with synonyms which can match in topic text body only, not in code
- too broad tags which are only considered when occuring in titles
- cutting a too long tag list using priority weight on tags
Do you think, human tagging, i.e. done by us users would be a possibility? Let's say we tried it and are bright and fast: I think routinely looking at a topic and adding 5 tags could take 15 seconds, which means 4 topics in a minute. Would you be faster? 4 per min means 120 if I would spend just half an hour. Done on some days in the next weeks, and if some fellow users join and help, we could tag the forum for getting a great know-how database. I would suggest best practices for tagging then.
I offer to implement a tagging solution, if people here would say "yes, we want it!" and if some people help tagging. If you would like to help, it would be great if you would estimate how many existing topics you would tag for us. Just tell a number if you like.
If the sum would reach about 30% of the number of existing topics, let's say 5000, I would start and implement tag adding, searching & browsing. By a joint effort we could make this forum much more efficient.
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