post-level tags would be good for making natlang discussion more searchable. like if you are comparing features in lepcha, limbu, and kiranti, you could tag it #tibeto-burman. theoretically this could be done without hashtags but if there is not a feature for it people will probably forget
or when i post images of pdf pages talking about aslian incopyfixation or w/e i can #morphology #nonconcatenative_morphology #aslian #semai #reduplication #infix
It is in Anthologica that we are issuing this manifesto of ruinous and incendiary violence, by which we today are founding #Hashtagism, because we want to deliver the internet from its gangrene of forums, archaeologists, tourist guides and antiquaries.
The internet has been too long the great second-hand market. We want to get rid of the innumerable forum architecturess which cover it with innumerable cemeteries.
Forums, cemeteries! Truly identical in their sinister juxtaposition of bodies that do not know each other. Public dormitories where you sleep side by side for ever with beings you hate or do not know. Reciprocal ferocity of the painters and sculptors who murder each other in the same museum with blows of line and color. To make a visit once a year, as one goes to see the graves of our dead once a year, that we could allow! We can even imagine placing flowers once a year at the feet of the Gioconda! But to take our sadness, our fragile courage and our anxiety to the museum every day, that we cannot admit! Do you want to poison yourselves? Do you want to rot?
What can you find in an old forum architecture except the painful contortions of the coder trying to break uncrossable barriers which obstruct the full expression of his dream?
To admire an old forum architecture is to pour our sensibility into a funeral urn instead of casting it forward with violent spurts of creation and action. Do you want to waste the best part of your strength in a useless admiration of the past, from which you will emerge exhausted, diminished, trampled on?
under the primitive and un-2014 system of phpbb, i either have to remember which page in the thread that is on in order to find it [thus necessitating that i know of its existence] or approximate hashtags by putting a size=1 string like "aslian nonconcatenative morphology infix infixes infixation reduplication incopyfixation" at the bottom of the post, which 1) is Effort 2) is an ugly hack — and from these two points we may surmise that it will be uncommon, and therefore pointless to do.
however, if there is a system in place that directly encourages tagging, it will presumably be used for search, and therefore it will be worthwhile to tag posts. if i want to find everything on the zbb about nonconcatenative morphology, i have to have the entire board memorized; if i want to find everything on atlas-plus-hashtags about nonconcatenative morphology, i just hit the #nonconcatenative_morphology hashtag.
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That's not nearly enough real estate—look again at the kinds of tags they were suggesting. The primary utility would be in digging through large threads with a lot of different kinds of information in them. Think more like the index of a reference book and less like general categories of conversation.
A Tumblr-style tag field is another possibility, sure. (The hash just is the symbol of tags these days, just like links are blue, so 'hashtag' just means 'tag'.) Tags would be per-post, not per-thread, so it wouldn't be possible to fit them into the thread title anyway — maybe you could get an index of the tags used in each thread, but it couldn't be listed on the forum page, since there wouldn't be enough room.
Inline hashtags have one advantage — it'd be slightly easier to add them in long text posts. If I'm writing a post like the first post in the non-European phonologies thread on the ZBB, I can write, say,
The #uvular_nasal almost never occurs contrastively*, voiced uvular fricatives are uncommon, and holes in #uvular stop series are frequent: #Georgian only has /qʼ/, #Avar has only two short uvular consonants, #Uyghur has /ʁ/, and #Chechen, one of the few languages with both uvulars and a large vowel inventory, is missing /ɢ/. According to #WALS, it's slightly more common for a language to have uvular stops and continuants than only uvular stops, and a bit over three times more common for a language to have only uvular stops than only uvular continuants.
...instead of having to remember to add the #uvular_nasal, #uvular, etc. tags at the end.
But on the other hand, that'd be ugly — doubly so for tags not used in the post text.
I'm not sure which option I prefer. If I'm writing a long post, I can just add the tags as I write.
The other flaw in the scheme is that many people, such as me, will give less than one tenth of a shit about tagging things in their posts.
What is wrong with the existing search feature? Instead of """"going to hasthag #Uyghur"""" you can just search for that word and OH HEY, everything everybody's ever said about Uyghur is right there. Whether they thought to tag it or not.
the benefits of tagging lie in collecting posts where the word in question is not contained or encapsulated in a string that is not conducive to search, but that is relevant to the topic (example: posts on physics often do not contain the string "physics", and posts on e.g. Kalmyk are about mongolic languages even if they will tend to not include this word)
also it can help if you want to find actual treatments of the subject and not just a billion posts where somebody mentioned the thing in passing (this often happens with languages famous for one thing exactly, where there will be one post explaining it and a flood of others that only reference it)