Tag you’re it

2012-05-30 by . 1 comments

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I usually see newcomers not use these to their benefit, tags. If you did not notice when you ask a new question there is a box that requires you to put at least one tag before you can even submit the question. You are allowed a max of 5 tags, so choose wisely but please choose more than one. I don’t mean always pick 5 tags on every question you ask, but at least pick 2 or 3 that generalize what the question is regarding. With questions on DBA.SE, generally speaking, you should at least have a tag for the RDBMS you are working with (I did say generally speaking).

Tags are what get your questions noticed. If you don’t already use it, I set a filter for a few tags that interest me by using the filter questions page. This is a page that I check frequently. I only have 3 tags because these are the subject areas that interest me the most, and keep me pretty busy.

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You can click on your filter and it will show you every question that was tagged with the tag you selected either for a handful of sites or any site within the SE family. I have mine set to “all sites” but I pay close attention to those I find on DBA.SE.

These are the options you have when creating a new filter:

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You can enter the first few characters of a tag like “sql” and let it sit a second and a list will be opened with all the tags on SE that match it. Once you enter a tag click in “Just these sites” and a check-box list will show with sites that have questions with that tag.

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  • Funny, I just saw this blog post today, right after I discovered the tag page!

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