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1DanCook First Message
Oct 13, 2006, 7:30am

Wouldn't it be fab if you could bundle LibraryThing tags together like on del.icio.us?

Tags for tags would mean a wider and more creative use of tagging.

Just a thought there.

Oct 13, 2006, 12:29pm

I've never played around with how Del.icio.us does this. I suppose I should. Anyone else have any other comments--what works, what doesn't, etc.?

Oct 13, 2006, 6:09pm

I don't use del.icio.us, but if I understand what you mean by bundling...

There's a cheap-and-dirty way to do this with the tag system that's in place...

Let's say you wanted to group a set of tags as "location" tags. You could then use "location-office", "location-loaned out", "location-home-bedroom", "location-home-kitchen". If you then wanted to find all of the books you had at home, for instance, you would do a tag search for "location-home*".

If that's not what you're after then please ignore the interruption. :)

Edited: Oct 14, 2006, 4:09am

I assumed it was a away of grouping tags together, subsuming humour and humor into funny for example, effectively giving each person their own combined tags lists.

If it isn't it should be.


Oct 14, 2006, 3:03pm

What del.icio.us does is allow you to bundle many tags together. I might have pervading themes within my library, and I might want many tags to sit together under that theme. The location example above is a good illustration of mhat I mean. Using del.icio.us, "home", "spare room", "on loan" might all be bundled together under the "location" bundle. Similarly, I could keep "roman", "greek", "latin" and "byzantium" together under a bundle called "ancients" or similar.

It is a way of tagging tags, and helping one to organise them. I find it helps me be a bit more free in my tagging, as I know I can bundle-up any unbundled tags later just by looking at my list of unbundled tags.

I think the best way of seeing how this works is to use del.icio.us for a bit, and see if it suits you. I would certainly find it a great way to manage tags in librarything.

Oct 14, 2006, 3:27pm

>5 DanCook:

I hope you mean that you 'd be able to bundle your tags for your purposes--only for you, that is.

Taking e.g. your "roman" example : the latter is i.a. Dutch (as well as French etc.) for (en) "novel", while Dutch language "novelle" stands for i.a. (en) "tale, short story, novella, novelette".

I don't think there is anything wrong with being able to combine and interlink your proper tags--as long as this leaves those of others in peace.

Oct 14, 2006, 4:44pm

I think that what Dan is talking about is a hierarchical classification scheme - to use the librarians term for it. I can see exactly why he wants to do this, but have found the answer to be to tag, for example, books with the tag 'dogs' and books with the tag 'cats' also with the tag 'animals'. That way you can find the books by either the more generic 'animals' or by the type of animal. Does that make sense?
I suppose it would work best if the power edit allowed you to search on multiple tags at once - and I'm not sure if it does.

Oct 16, 2006, 7:07am

It is sort of hierarchical, except that a tab can be in more than one bundle.

Just to be clear, I am suggesting functionality in one's personal view. I'm not sure whether sharing bundles with other users would really be useful, but for managing one's own categories and tags, I think it would be great.