Arbital "tag" relationship

Tag­ging is one of the mul­ti­ple ways to con­nect pages. This re­la­tion­ship type is used to in­di­cate that one page is talk­ing about an­other page: that the tagged page is talk­ing about the tag. For ex­am­ple, a page ti­tled “Bit­coin price will col­lapse by end of 2016” will have the “Bit­coin” tag. The tag is it­self a page, in this case about Bit­coin.

There is also a set of meta tags that are used to high­light cer­tain char­ac­ter­is­tics of the page, e.g. that it’s work in progress.

Ar­bital tags are different

Many con­tent plat­forms have the con­cept of tags or #hash­tags. E.g. on Twit­ter you can tweet some­thing like: “Loved the new Star Wars movie! #maythe­force­be­with­you”. This way peo­ple can make their tweet part of the broader dis­cus­sion, and users can click on the hash­tag to see what else peo­ple said on that topic. How­ever, next time peo­ple talk about the movie, they might use a com­pletely differ­ent hash­tag, or not use a hash­tag at all, so you might not be able to find those con­ver­sa­tions eas­ily, even if you are ac­tively look­ing for them.

On Ar­bital, the tag is it­self a page. So if you wrote a re­view of the movie, you’d tag it with the movie page. Then when peo­ple browse the movie page, they’ll see your re­view un­der the Re­lated sec­tion. This al­lows the con­ver­sa­tions to be last­ing and eas­ily find­able. Even if the per­son didn’t add the ap­pro­pri­ate tags, the com­mu­nity has the power to add them if the page is pub­li­cly ed­itable.

When to cre­ate a tag

Add a tag for ev­ery core topic that the page is talk­ing about. For ex­am­ple:

  • A page talk­ing about how Neo is not “The One” should have “The Ma­trix” and “Neo” as tags.

  • If you are writ­ing an anal­y­sis of Ernest Hem­ing­way’s po­etry, some tags will be: “Ernest Hem­ing­way”, “Poetry”, “Lost gen­er­a­tion”, and “1920s”, de­pend­ing on which ones are im­por­tant to your cen­tral point.

When not to cre­ate a tag

  • Don’t add a tag if it’s already a par­ent or a child, since that would be re­dun­dant.

What’s the differ­ence be­tween a tag and a par­ent?

Par­ent-child re­la­tion­ship is much stronger. It im­plies that the pages can’t re­ally be sep­a­rated; the child is a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of the par­ent. E.g. a chap­ter is a child of the book, a re­search pa­per is a child of the jour­nal(s) it’s pub­lished in, page about Ad­di­tion is a child of Arith­metic. Tag re­la­tion­ship is more loose. The child is just talk­ing about the par­ent or is re­lated to the par­ent in some fash­ion, per­haps even in­di­rectly.

Some­times it can be un­clear if the pages should have a tag re­la­tion­ship. If you run into a case you can’t clearly re­solve, please post it here, so we can dis­cuss it, learn from it, and re­fine these defi­ni­tions.