Michael's post about the mypost tag got me thinking about tagging etiquette on BioStars. Generally I think tagging is a difficult problem, as it relies on people actually following the rules. I'm interested to see how people use tags, both from a searching perspective and from a posting perspective.
I have a set of My Tags and I use them identify posts that might be of interest to me. Tags that I think are useful include:
- The name of every tool/database you're working with. As a person working for a tool, one of my favourite tags is for my tool name, as I know I'm likely to be able to help, but it's also useful data gathering on our part.
- File types.
- The type of data, eg variants, genomes, genes, proteins.
I'd be interested to see any further tags that people think would be useful.
Another thing I do, and I don't know if other people also do this, but I use my moderator privileges to add tags to other people's posts. If I find something useful that is un-tagged or missing vital tags, I'll edit the post to add them in, so that other people who might be interested or helpful can more easily find the post.