2. All you ever wanted to know about tags


Published: 3 February 2011
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(This page is the first draft of a rewrite of the Tags article, to present the information differently)

Work in progress!

Tags are short textual labels attached to images. They help with searching and browsing images, by allowing easy identification of the important facts about the image.

The tags that show on the photo page, and usable for searching/browsing images, are called "Public" Tags, and can only be assigned to the image by the photo contributor.

Other users can add Private tags to images, these are only available to the user who added the tag, and provide a way to create private collections or marking images for your own purposes.

Once a tag has been created it can be used by anyone, on their own images, or on other peoples images (as public/private tags noted above). If you don't find the tag you are looking for can just create a new tag.

Tags are not case sensitive, but do remember the case they were initially created with. At the moment it is not possible to change the case of tag.

If you find a spelling error or typo, please report it here:
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To create some structure to tags, we have prefixes. These put tags into groups. For example [place:Arthog] is a tag of Arthog, with a prefix of 'place'. This adds extra meaning to tags.

Geographical Context

Geographical contexts are a short fixed list of tags, to provide a very high level categorization to images. To put images into broad groups - along geographical themes.

View the list here:
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These define the 'type' of image, and eventually will allow easy filtering

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Geographical Feature


Place/Near/former/river/road/church/category/disused etc

Tag page

Tag Description

Other features

Coverage map
related Tags


{what, why, and how to define them}

Tagging box

{What it is, where to find it....}

Tag Browser

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Searching images by tag

So enter [Streams] in the keywords box (with the square brackets), and that matches tags only.

Notably it will also match only that tag, whereas "tags:Stream" would actually match the Context "Rivers, Streams, Drainage". The prefix is required. So [top:Coastal] is required to specifically match the Context.

To exclude a tag, prefix it by - so, for example -[Streams]

It also allows you to use : in the tag, more easily. So [county:essex] and [river:Arthog] just works*.

Experimental search interfaces

use the "tags" display method in the main image search

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Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]   Text © Copyright February 2011, Barry Hunter; licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence.

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