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IP.Board 3.2.0: Tagging and Prefixes

As work progresses on the new interface for IP.Board 3.2.0, we can now go into some more detail about the new functionality that's already been added.

I must of course stress that the only screen shots I can show are closely cropped to not reveal too much and please keep in mind that IP.Board 3.2.0 is still very much in development so some details may change before the public reveal.

An incredibly popular request has been the ability to 'tag' content with special keywords and then find other content tagged with the same keywords. This gives a secondary way to organise data beyond the administrator defined 'categories' and 'forums' set up.

We're very pleased to say that this functionality is now available in IP.Board 3.2.0 and we've spent some time to make sure we have a robust and thoughtful implementation.

A tale of two modes
Our tagging implementation is available in two modes:
- Open Mode: Where allowed, your members can create new tags on-the-fly and add them to content.
- Closed Mode: Where allowed, your members can select from pre-defined tags and add them to content.

We feel this gives you the best of both worlds. Some communities may not need a full tagging system, but you may wish to enforce secondary categorisation via pre-set tags that you as the administrator control. Alternatively, you may wish to throw the doors open and let your members tag their content as they see fit. The choice is yours!

As you'd expect, this feature comes with many controls. You can define the minimum and maximum number of tags per item, the minimum and maximum length of each tag and more. You can even override the pre-defined tags on a per app (and thus per-forum) basis giving full control over the tagging system.

Another very popular feature request is the ability to assign a custom or pre-defined prefix to a piece of content such as a topic or blog entry. In many ways this works very similarly to tagging so we've created a single system that allows the use of a tag as a prefix!

As you'd expect, you can disable prefixes and tagging on a per member or per group basis giving you complete control over your members' permissions.

You can even set the system to be used solely for prefixes by limiting the number of tags to one and enforcing the use of pre-defined tags. It really is a very flexible system.

This screen shot shows how you add tags when creating a new topic. This is in 'open' mode with prefixes enabled.

This shows a topic that has been tagged and a prefix added.

This shows the search page which is shown when you click a prefix or tag.

This shows the Admin CP settings page.

This shows the per-forum settings.

We hope you enjoy this new functionality. We'll be rolling out tagging in our applications once IP.Board 3.2.0 has been released!

Feel free to comment on this blog entry below or, if you have feedback unrelated to this blog entry, start a new topic in our feedback forum. Be sure to check the What's New in IP.Board 3.2 topic for a running list of announced changes!



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We'll update the apps so they are compatible with 3.2.0. This means that all apps *apart* from IP.Blog will -not- get tagging in this first compatibility release. We will convert Blog over to the new system as part of the compatibility update.

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[quote name='Matt' timestamp='1300888482']
We'll update the apps so they are compatible with 3.2.0. This means that all apps *apart* from IP.Blog will -not- get tagging in this first compatibility release. We will convert Blog over to the new system as part of the compatibility update.

Aw Shucks.. was hoping for IPB3.2 IPContent use...
good stuffs though :wub:

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To add on to what Matt said, the rest of the applications WILL get tagging (where appropriate, obviously some things such as IP.Chat don't have a use) in their next major releases, scheduled to follow the 3.2 release.

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One crucial question for those with established forums: Will there be a way for an Admin to mass tag existing topics? IOW, will it be possible to run a search for specific terms, grab all the topics that have that term and then tag them all at once?

Without the ability to mass tag pre-existing content much of the benefit will be lost for established forums ;).

Great to see the tagging/prefix implementation! That might finally let us use IP.Content to build subject focused landing pages that provide all types on content related to a given subject. NEED the Gallery tagging before we can do that though, so we'll be watching closely for that Gallery update, perhaps the same IP.G release that adds support for Shared Media? :)

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I haven't seen anything mentioned about tagging in the Calendar, so I'm pretty sure it's not available. Will this tagging feature be something that can be extended with a mod?

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I do hope you'll take a page out of Topic Prefix's book, and have the system be separable from the actual tagging field. Our forum is currently developing icons to be used in place of the prefix text (via the "formatting" settings of each prefix). Due to how our community is setup, we have some prefixes which are specific to a single forum, or multiple specific forums. We also don't want users to define their own prefixes, as this would break consistency, so having a fixed prefix system, a la Topic Prefix, is a must for us, and I'm sure others.

Another real awesome benefit we've got from Topic Prefix is that spambots don't know how to select a prefix. All of our subforums employ the use of prefixes, and there is no default for any, so when a spambot tries to post their crap, they will always fail in error (since they don't select a prefix). Our site is a high traffic area, and ever since we switched to using IPS (about two weeks ago), we've only had one spambot successfully make a post...because I forgot I had a default prefix selected for one forum.

Topic Prefixes enable a user to quickly filter the current forum to only show topics with the selected prefix. No need to go to the search tool or any of that nonsense. They just click on their interested prefix. This has also enabled us to not have to create dozens of subforums (as some other related communities have done). We're doing more with less.

Topic Prefixes is the best $15 I've spent this entire year.

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Wooow ! This feature make me scream & cry....I asked this in the past ! :)

One question ? Can the tag be used to show another forum topic with the same tags (=similar threads) ?
Like in this web, see the footer : http://www.gearslutz.com/board/high-end/617622-culture-vulture-vs-decapitator.html

Can ?

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