Let's use this site better. This is partly a tech issue but more importantly our ability to harness the growing information on this site. I am calling for the abillity to create tags both by authors and all members on information that gets posted.
Tags allow us to categorize, without fundamentally changing the actual structure (you may be familiar or not). And that gives us ways to search for, navigate, or group content based on what we find to be important about that information. Currently, if someone adds a blog post there are ten categories to place it in. That is useful in an initial manner but allows for very minimal participation. Those are categories decided for us. As authors we need the flexibility to add tags, which offer us new categories not yet conceived of until the need, which don't have to be directly related to that initial ten, but can be used in many ways. And as readers/members we should be able to do the same as we find there isn't a category for something we think is useful. Then those tags will connect similar material and we can more quickly navigate this site.
There is already a lot of information on this site. If multiple forum topics or posts deal with the same thing, shouldn't we be connecting them? Sure, I can make note of the URL's for me, but doesn't it make sense that if I've already observed that connection that I can do something that will be uselful for someone else? And won't it be helpful for me to find related information based on other's experience? And isn't it better to do that now before there is so much more content? With so many relevant but also specific or separate posts and conversations, can we do better to keep them connected to benefit from that?
I have also added this in the Site issues forum.
Hope to hear some feedback. please share... positive, negative, confused, or whatever. Some things are hard to communicate to the whole, and what i see as important may be relevant or not. I see this as incredibly useful but I'd rather know why not if anything. Thanks.