I am starting to get really pissed off about the crazy shit happening in the tag listings here at WordPress.
I like to check the listings for tags I use to try and find other blog posts on the subjects I’ve written about. In doing so last week, I discovered that several of my posts had never been listed at all.
I did a little poking around and found out that if you use “too many” tags, your post might not get listed. Trouble is, no-one (and this includes staff) seems to know the magic number that will boot you from the listings. They say you shouldn’t use more than twelve or so (that includes tags and categories combined) but that’s not a hard and fast rule. We’re supposed to just keep in mind that the more tags we use in a post, the less likely that post will be listed.
Vague enough for ya?
So I go back and remove some of the tags from the posts that hadn’t been listed and, voila! The posts are listed. Problem solved, right? Hell no!
In Texas-shaped Patriotism, I used the following ten categories and tags (count them if you like):
Posted in Society | Edit |
Tags: Texans, Texas, majorities, patriotism, passports, Lone Star flag, Texas driver’s license, Bible Belt, redneck
And it was a no-show. ::sigh:: I thought about it and wondered if we’re not allowed to use similar terms. I decided to experiment by removing “Texans” and guess what happened? The post immediately appeared in the listings.
I thought I’d better check up on the last few posts I’d made, and it’s a good thing I did. No Staying Power wasn’t listed either. These are the tags I used in that post:
Posted in Education, Feminism, Relationships, Society | Edit | Comments Off
Tags: abuse, aftermath, domestic abuse, domestic violence, evil, healing
I thought, “Well shit!” So I removed “abuse” and do you know happened then? You go it! Bam! It made the listing. It seems that WordPress finds the term “abuse” redundant amongst the others I used.
I take particular issue with this because these are all relevant terms and do not necessarily refer to the same thing. Domestic abuse isn’t necessarily violent, and abuse, in general, isn’t necessarily domestic.
This tag policing is really pissing me off. Really!
OK, now check this one out. In Thank You, Michael! I used these tags:
Posted in Love, Relationships, Society | Edit | 3 Comments »
Tags: compassion, marriage, my sexy husband, support
Another no-show. It’s not even listed under “my sexy husband”, a tag that I started and where you can find every other post I’ve written to or about Mike.
Do You Remember These? appears to have shown up under some of the tags, but not others:
Posted in Music, On A Positive Note, The Lighter Side | Edit |
Tags: childhood, happiness, memories, nostalgia, Statler Brothers
Upon further investigation, I discovered that it was listed under a couple of tags, but terribly misplaced. It was listed under posts that had been made five months ago or more. That sucks! If it’s not a busy tag, it might appear on the first page anyway. But what if it’s one of the fast moving tag listings, and getting stuck under a post from five months ago lands you on page 247 or something?
This is total BS! – Bulldog
My final grievance is as follows:
They claim that limiting us to twelve tags (or however many at any given moment in time) is to guard against spamming. That doesn’t even make sense. What the fuck difference does it make if my one little post is listed under twenty or more different tags?
I’ll tell you what the WordPress people need to be guarding against: these jerk-offs who make twenty or thirty post (sometimes more) inside an hour or two (sometimes the same post with variations in the title) and list them all under one tag, taking over the entire first page or two of a tag listing!
That, my friend, is spamming.
They’ve got it all backwards, you see. Instead of worrying about how many tags we use per post, they ought be worrying about how many posts we make per tag (within a specified time frame).
I’m sending a link to this post to our wonderful WordPress people. I do appreciate their hard work and dedication to providing such a lovely place for me to vent my frustrations. But, come one guys! This is ridiculous!