Harnessing the power of effective tagging and improving search

Hello VyOS Community,

:gear: We are constantly striving to improve our community experience based on your valuable feedback. It has come to our attention that some community members have expressed the need for an enhanced search function. We hear you, and we believe that effective tagging can be the first step towards improving search and making our discussions even more accessible.

Tags play a crucial role in categorizing content and make it easier to find through search. By encouraging everyone to embrace the power of tagging, we can lay the foundation for an improved search experience. In addition to the benefits mentioned in our previous message, effective tagging can help address the need for better search functionality. Here’s how:

  1. :mag: Improved search accuracy: When topics are properly tagged, the search function becomes more accurate and delivers highly relevant results. By tagging discussions with appropriate keywords and terms, we can ensure that the search results align closely with the information you are seeking.

  2. :satellite: Streamlined content discovery: Well-tagged topics allow users to discover related discussion more efficiently. By organizing our content with relevant tags, we enable users to explore interconnected topic, gain deeper insights, and benefit from the collective knowledge of the community.

In light of this feedback, we encourage all community members to actively participate in tagging discussions and providing descriptive and accurate tags. By doing so, we can collectively enhance the search function and elevate the overall user experience within our community.

Remember the following guideline when utilizing tags:

  1. :key: Be descriptive: Choose tag that accurately represent the topic and its main keywords. Think about what terms or phrases other are likely to use when searching for similar content. The more descriptive and specific the tags, the better the search results will be.

  2. Utilize multiple tags: Whenever relevant, include multiple tags to provide additional context and improve searchability. This allows users to explore topics from different angles and perspectives. Before creating new tags, take a moment to search for existing ones that cover the intended topic. If a suitable tag already exists, utilize it to maintain consistency and avoid duplication.

By actively participating in effective tagging, we can collectively improve our community’s search function and make discussions more accessible to all. Your contributions in this regard are invaluable, and we appreciate your support.

If you have any further suggestions or ideas on how we can enhance the search experience or improve the overall community platform, please don’t hesitate to share them. Your feedback is crucial in shaping the future of our community.

Together, let’s embark on this journey to harness the power of effective tagging and enhance our search capabilities.

Thank you for being an integral part of the VyOS community!

Cheers :beer:,

Hello, Community Members!

I’ve received feedback that our search functionality needs improvement. To address this concern, I have started reviewing and tagging posts. As mentioned before, tagging our discussions can significantly enhance our community’s search functionality, ensuring you can easily find the information you seek. While I’ve already tagged hundreds of posts, there is still more work to be done.

Let’s explore how to use the advanced search feature effectively:

How to use advanced search in our community?
Searching for specific topics or discussions within our community is simple the advanced search feature. Whether you’re solving a problem or searching a particular subject, advanced search can help you find precisely what you need.

Accessing Advanced Search:

  1. Click on the magnifying glass icon in the upper right corner of the community forum.

  2. In the search bar click on the setting icons on the right side.

  3. A new window will appear, allowing you to add filters. You can further refine your query by adding keywords and tags, which enables you to combine various search criteria for precise results.

Using advanced search options:
In the advanced search menu, you’ll find several options to refine your search:

Search by Category: Select a particular category or subforum from the dropdown menu to focus your search.
Search by Tag: Use tags to categorize posts. Enter tags to narrow down your search.
Search by Post Type: Choose between topics, posts, or other criteria to target the type of content you need.

Tips for effective searching:

  • Use specific keywords for clarity and precision.
  • Adjust your search criteria if you don’t find what you’re looking for initially.

By utilizing advanced search options, you can efficiently navigate our community forum and find the information you need. If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Have a great day!

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One drawback of tagging old posts is that they suddently gets unread even if the last post in that thread is very old.

Would it be possible so when a thread gets tags added/removed that this wouldnt trigger that the thread is unread?

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Hi @Apachez,

Thank you for your input! You’ve raised a valid point. I’ll explore the technical feasibility of implementing a solution that prevents tagging activities from marking threads as unread.