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Feb 15, 2008, 2:14am

It would be great if we could group tags into categories like at


Feb 15, 2008, 3:02am

I agree that this would be useful.
With this function I could have 'parent' tags of 'location' 'genre' 'Star Trek' etc. and then have 'children' tags of 'box 1' 'box 2' 'science fiction' 'fantasy' 'ST:TOS' 'ST:TNG' and so on.

Feb 15, 2008, 6:26am

I've been wanting to put hierarchical tags into use here (similar idea but slightly different). I'm not sure if Tim sees eye-to-eye with me on that one. At any rate, we are so busy trying to get other major projects finished that I don't see this happening in the immediate future. It would mean a pretty big change to how we deal with tags in general (tag pages, stats, etc.).

Feb 15, 2008, 10:50am

I suggested hierarchical tags once and Tim said that he was more interested in tag groups and he specifically mentioned del.ic.ious.

Feb 15, 2008, 11:30am

I'd prefer hierarchical tags; I don't think that tag groups are flexible enough for what I'd like to express.

For example, Articles of the Federation isn't based on any one Trek TV show. If tags were hierarchical, I could just tag it "Star Trek", and have "ST:TOS", "ST:TNG", etc. as children tags of that. With a "Star Trek" tag group, I'd have to have an "other Star Trek" tag for books like AOTF or the Star Trek Encyclopedia, which sounds rather ugly-looking to me.

Hierarchical tags would also let me do some fun stuff with the Star Wars tags, letting stuff like the Clone Wars novels automatically inheriting the tag for their era.

Feb 15, 2008, 11:35am

Yeah, I'm a huge fan of hierachical tags and their, ahem, inherent properties (that was a really bad pun). Seriously though, they are exceptionally powerful for organization and they don't detract from the unorderedness of tags in general since you still have a leaf tag that can be treated in the normal, unordered manner if that's what you want. Adobe Lightroom is a good example of a mainstream application that is really using h-tags well.

Feb 15, 2008, 2:04pm

I asked about (begged for?) this a long time ago -- glad to see it's back on a burner, even if not the front one!

Feb 15, 2008, 8:53pm

I think I understand the technical difference between hierarchical and bundled tags. But just to make things clear for us non-programmer readers, how would they function differently?