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Tags - Simple but powerful. How to use them?

Tags are a simple but powerful way to make topics visible, easy to find, and easy to follow. Adding tags to your discussions, questions or code projects make them easier to discover. It is also easy to aggregate content for a specific topic or context.

Everyone can create tags. They are visible across the entire community. They are very useful to organize and find content across forums, without any categorization planing in advance.

Yes, because of these features and because tags are intended for easy discovery and follow-up of topics across the community, they should be used only for topics that are relevant and open to the entire community.

For confidential topics and for topics that are relevant only to a specific group or forum, use categories instead.

Categories are managed and local. Tags are intuitive and global. Read here about how they differ:

Adding tags is very easy. As you write, at the bottom of your post or questions you will find a tags field. Start typing a tag. If there is a similar tag already, it will pop up in a list for you to choose from. If not, just complete your tag by typing a comma and you are done. You can continu to add more tags, delimited with commas.

Some important tips when adding tags:

  1. If similar tags already exist. they will pop up as you type. Choose one from the list. It will save you typing and will ensure that your content will be easier to find and relate to

  2. Use short but clear tags to make your content stand out without any ambiguity. Product names and common topics are great, but be explicit. "Development" is too wide. "API Development" is Good. "R80 API Development" is longer but very clear

  3. It's best to prefer tags that specify the topic of interest. Here's an obvious example. For a Multi Domain presentation, use "Multi Domain", not "presentation".

  4. You can follow a tag. This can be a great way to discover relevant content, experts and like-minded people that you weren't already aware of.
  5. Use tags to boost Search Engine Optimization. When you apply a tag to content, it becomes part of the metadata that search engines index and is one factor that can help elevate your public content and keywords in search results. This makes them very strong for search using public search engines such as Google for publicly-open content. However, think carefully before you apply tags as you do not want to promote confidential topics to public search engines

  6. Combine categories and tags to multiply their power. Example: you might have a place where categories reflect project phases, but you use tags for program module names. That would mean you could see all project plans for this phase in this specific place by using the project phase category, all content related to a program module across the community by using the module name tag, or you could see all project plans in a specific phase for a specific program module by filtering on the Project Plan category and then filtering on the program module tag.