How to tag an article



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”.

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