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How do I tag threads?

Tagging is NOT required OR enforced.
(but it would be nice if you did!)

Thread tags are a system used to organize your threads. While technically anything can be used as a thread tag, we have a set system for what should be a thread tag, in order to let people easily find their posts.

To add a tag from the new thread page, scroll underneath the post box itself to see a section to add tags. From there, you can fill in individual tags before posting.



To add tags to an already existing thread, head to the thread itself and click 'Tags: edit' on the left side under the title. This will pop up a box allowing you to tag without editing the whole post.


Tags have categories!


You can view all the tags and their categories on the Tag page. We ask that when you create a new tag, you edit it so it goes into the right category! You can edit the category by clicking on said tag and going to its page:

Categories meanings
Character: The name of a character in the thread.
Content Warning: Anything that might be upsetting to someone, or sensitive subjects.
Events and Challenges: All events threads should have their proper event tag!
Groups: Clubs, Organizations, Groups, and Families belong here.
Location: A specific location -- usually someone's house or a business.
Misc.: Anything not in the other categories!
Relationship: All relationships.
Species: This is for staff only, but it's how we label each character profile.

So how do we use tags here?​


DO: "Guinevere Haze"
DON'T: "Guin"
Why: You should always use a full name or a Name (Username) when tagging a thread, otherwise you could get multiple characters in one tag.

DO: "Guin/Loch"
DON'T: "Guinloch" "Murderbang Couple"
Why: When tags are entered into the system, they are all automatically set to appear as lowercase. I might confuse your ship and delete it if this happens and it looks like a name. Please keep the exact formatting as exampled above.

DO: "Birthday"
DON'T: "Guinevere's Birthday"
Why: This is just one of those things that works better vague, because lots of characters have birthdays, so why should your character have their own special tag for such a common event?

DO: "Guinevere's Apartment"
DON'T: "Apartment"
Why: This thread is already in the Apartments forum!

DO: Really, don't do this kind of tag.
DON'T: "Ferris Wheel"
Why: This is both simultaneously too broad and too specific. There is nothing important about this Ferris Wheel, so it isn't worth mentioning.

DO: "Bijou Characters"
DON'T: "application" "thread tracker" "plotter"
Why: We already have forums to mark what the threads are for, but if you want an easy way to find all of your characters at once a good way is to tag them as your own.

DO: NOTHING! or, if the thread takes place in a different time, "Flashback"
DON'T: "Summer" "Spring" "December"
Why: Unless your thread is not taking place in the exact month/season we're presently in, there's no need to label it.

DO: "Snowball Fight"
DON'T: "snow/snowing"
Why: The tags don't need to say what the weather is in your thread. You should include that in your posts instead!

DO: "Christmas" "Chick Fil A"
DON'T: "Xmas" "CFA"
Why: Abbreviations are bad and it's possible not everyone will know what your abbreviations refer to.

DO: "Gore"
DON'T: "Dismemberment" "Decapitation" "Etc"
Why: You want to keep these warning tags very broad. We don't need to know all the gory details in the tags.

DO: "Sick" / "Illness"
DON'T: "Cancer" "Flu" Common Cold" "Diabetes"
Why: Same thing as above but a little milder, there just isn't much reason to have such specifics.

DO: "fluff" "fighting" "sex"
DON'T: "Cool" "awesome" "sexy"
Why: Try to avoid adjectives as much as you can. These are labels, not descriptions.

DO: "noncon"
DON'T: "Rape" "Molestation" "Sexual Assault"
Why: It's just tasteless.

Character Tags: This is the main one. For every thread you make, tag your characters name - please use the full name, as shown in the character app. If your character only has one name, please tag them as "Name (Username)", for example: "Paragon (Bijou)". Tags are not case sensitive, so PARAGON, Paragon, and paragon would all act the same. Clicking a character's tag will bring up a search result page showing you all the threads they've been in, essentially functioning as a character-specific thread tracker. Every time you make or join a new thread, just tag your character, and you'll automatically have a nice list.

Content Warnings: The 'Mature' prefix is mandatory for threads over PG-13, but it can also be unclear. A Mature thread could be so because of sexual content, gore, violence, drug use, or a variety of other topics. In order to make it clear just what kind of content the Mature tag indicates, we'll be using tags. This will allow people who want to avoid some kinds of Mature content (such as gore) to avoid it without having to avoid the whole tag. Suggested Mature content tags include: Sex, Violence, Drug Use, Suicide, Abuse, Noncon, Dubcon, Unsanitary, and Gore. While it's good to be clear on what content it is, please also don't be too specific. Content Warnings are helpful, but not mandatory. Content Warnings are NOT enforced. They are not meant to be trigger warnings.

Event Tags:
We've already got the event prefix, but that just says that it is an event, and not what the event itself is. Every event will have a specific tag associated with it, listed in the announcement itself. Generally this will be something like 'The Bonfire' or 'Secret Santa'. Please don't include the year in the tag!

Relationship Tags: This one is more for fun. If you've got a ship you like - say, John and Angela, you can stick a little tag on all their threads so you (or someone else) can easily see all the threads they have together. Romantic/sexual ship tags MUST be Name1/Name2 format. For family/friendship tags, the format should be Name1&Name2.

Location Tags: If you are roleplaying in a thread that takes place at a location more specific than the forum you're in, such as someones apartment or a business, tag it!

Misc Tags: These are odds and ends, generally used for conveying things like tone, or anything else that isn't covered by the above tags. For example: angst, fluff, breakup, proposal, therapy, hurt/comfort, family, or even selfthread!

Apr 8, 2017
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