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Nov 1, 2006, 9:01am

How about making tags that start with a particular character (e.g., "*") "private", so they don't show up when other people list your books, in "most frequent tags" lists, etc.? (But should still be used for sorting, if you sort on the tags column)

I use codes like "*RG.A" purely to enforce a sort order for collections of books, and I've noticed other people putting things like "box 4" or "top shelf" in their tags, which can't possibly be useful to anyone else.

Nov 1, 2006, 9:12am

Or else make Comments sortable. I started off by putting the location of the book in Comments. Then I found out I couldn't sort by it. So I was forced to put the location in tags. And as Misesean says, that isn't useful to anyone but the owner and to be honest, is really annoying in the tag clouds.

Nov 2, 2006, 9:09am

My solution for the "aesthetics" of the tag cloud is to put my private tags in {}. This character { sorts after z in ascii, so all of my private tags show up at the very end of my tag cloud.

Of course they do still show up, and I could see having an option for private tags to show or not show.

Nov 2, 2006, 1:24pm

I would distinguish between personal tags and private tags. Peronal tags would be those which are relevant to your copy, or the edition but not to the work. These would be shown in your library but excluded from tags associated with works or authors. Such tags could include paperback which does not apply to all editions combined into a work.

Private tags are ones which appear only to the book owner.

I am more interested in personal tags than private ones.

Have you seem my post on tagging tags? This used a similar idea on prefixing with a character. I was suggesting tags like: #location top shelf, #series Darkover, #coverart Melvyn Grant etc. where the #part was local to your library. Those with a #part only would be what I have called personal tags. I then wanted to be able to sort by a tag prefix, i.e. sort by what comes after #series.

p.s. I would back sortable comments for a totally different reason. My books are numbered, and the number is the first item in the comment field. In my home catalogue a short story gives a book number which I then use to find a title. I no longer store them in number order.

Jan 20, 2007, 8:56pm

ringman, the main reason I didn't use # is that that character comes before letters in the ascii sorting, and for the aesthetics of the tag cloud I wanted my personal tags to come at the end rather than at the beginning.

The only ascii characters that come after all of the letters are { , | , } , and ~