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This is how I thought the tags were going to work and I am disappointed that you can really only get one level of tags. I realize I can do a search with several tags, but that does not really show me what I might have in common with a particular tag.
In that case, OH MY GODS YES!!
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I think you're wanting to be able to look at all tags used on a particular subset of books? That is, "find all tags that I use on a book I have also tagged "china"?
You realize you can put tags in any order you want, right? Alphabetical is an option, not a requirement.
I can still do it with the search feature but it would be so much more valuable with the tags.
I'm not necessarily against the hierarchical idea in principle, and I can see that it might have some advantages, but I like to use tags that overlap with multiple other tags: so, rather than have an 18th century philosophy and an 18th century literature tag (subsets of philosophy and literature, respectively), I have a tag for literature, one for philosophy, and one for 18th century. Sometimes I want to look at only lit+18c, sometimes only phil+18c, but sometimes I want to look at everything 18c, so it's not logically a subset of either of the other 2 categories. And I'd also like to be able more easily to see the overlap between tags like philosophy and, say, nationalism, where neither is a subset of the other. (I know you can do some of this to a limited extent with the search function, but it's not very precise, and it gets very complicated for more than 2 search terms.)
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I agree with you. While I would love, for example, to have my travel books bundled and then subgrouped by destination, I'll have trouble should I ever acquire a travel book for, say, Chicago (because Devil in the White City is about Chicago, but is definitely not a travel book). Even given my library in its present state, I would have second thoughts about making my London tag a subunit of my travel tag; my opinion may change when I read Peter Ackroyd's London, but I always thought it was a history book rather than a travel guide.
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14: Yeah, guilty as charged. An issue that I care about, and I'm hoping for "useful in the long term". I'm also interested in other people's "philosophy of tagging", even if LT doesn't change.