P R O P O S A L
Steps to tag an article:
- Identify the core topic(s) of the article.
- All WT articles on a topic should share a tag.
Search within WT. If there is already another article on your topic, tag your article accordingly.
- If there is no existing tag, find one or more terms which precisely describe the topic.
- Often there is more than one tag needed for to describe the topic. Consider whether
– the place,
– the time or
– the form (of your article)
have to be tagged.
- Draw the tags into a meaningful order. The first tag is being shown in list displays.
Find out the best tag: rules and tools
- Choose a term which is commonly used in everyday language.
[Proposal for discussion:]
If a trendy term is circulating, take it but with feel: on the one hand, trendy terms are appropriate for WT as a news media, on the other hand, WT focusses on in depth reporting more than on highly actual news. Thus consider the persistence of the term and keep in mind: WT does not allow non-neutral terms.
- Use a narrow term.
- Capitalize the tag respectively the first word of a multi-word tag.
- Use the plural form.
- Individual names are tagged as: vorename(s) surname.
- If appropriate, a tag may consist of a term followed by a date, e. g.
“Presidential election 2016”, not: “2016 presidential election”.
- As a rule, don’t mark the tag as a hashtag (“#”). Exception: the hashtag as such is subject of the article.
- Tools for to find a term are:
– Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
Consider the Wikipedia and LCSH as an aid, they are not binding.
A useful feature of the LCSH is that it mentions broader and narrower terms.
Google shows in how far a term is used.
Rules of the Library of Congress may serve as an inspiration:
For Discussion, ideas for further development, outstanding issues please see the Working paper for preparing “How to tag an article”.