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Tagging guidelines

While objects such as images should contain tags that represent their content as accurately as possible, Itaku uses a TWYK (Tag What You Know) type tagging policy. TWYK means that not all tags need to be visually verifiable by the content of the post.
For example - if there is a character who appears to be male, but is defined as a female by the artist themselves, they can be still tagged female.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT add random "funny"/spam tags on your content! Tags on Itaku are not the same as "hashtags" on many popular social media. They are designed to describe the contents of the image as accurately as possible, not as a topic/keyword hashtag.
Also, avoid creating many variations of the same tag with minor spelling differences, such as "green_eye", "greeneye", "green_eyes". There should be only 1 spelling of each tag, which follows tag naming conventions listed below. The only duplicates that are allowed, are synonyms, such as "rabbit" and "hare".

Naming conventions

  • Avoid tags in the plural form such as "foxes", just use "fox". If the indication of plurality is important, try using tags such as two_boys.
  • In the case of tags with conflicting meanings, to differentiate between them, use this syntax: tagname_(copyright), for example: apple_(company)
Tags have multiple categories:
  • Artist: The artist's name (preferably not their real-life name, unless that's what they prefer to use, you can ask the artist when in doubt.)
  • Species: The species of a character
  • Character: The name of a character
  • Copyright: The name of the source of the post.
  • General: General tags, eg chair
  • Meta: Meta tags, eg high_res

Tags that are Questionable/NSFW in nature should be marked as NSFW. Tags which are NSFL in nature should be marked as NSFL.
To make tagging and searching easier, tags on Itaku can also have parent and synonymous tags:

  • Parent tags: Tags that should logically always be present with the given tag. Example: "canine" > "wolf", "teeth" > "sharp_teeth", "fur" > "black_fur" etc.
  • Synonymous tags: Tags which are mostly synonymous/duplicates of already existing tags. Example: "rabbit" - "hare" - "bunny".

Tag creation

Tags can be created in two ways, either through the tag creation page, or just adding tag names into the "Tags" input when creating content (such as commissions, posts, images), where they will be automatically created after posting if they don't exist.

Note: Please mark the non-existing tags that are Questionable or NSFW in nature, as NSFW afterwards (and NSFL as NSFL).

When manually creating tags, if they exist, please add parent tags as well as a few synonymous tags.
Interlinked synonymous tags will be added automatically if found. Eg the tag "bunny" should have "rabbit" and "hare" marked as synonymous. If you were to make a tag "bunnyrabbit" with "hare" as the synonymous tag, "rabbit" and "bunny" will be added automatically. ("bunnyrabbit" will also be added as synonymous for them.)

Tag permissions

Tags can be edited and deleted by anyone, but currently, when a tag reaches a certain number of objects its used on, the permissions will be limited to specific users, like the original owner of the tag/admins and moderators.

As this is in a way limited (for example, the owner of the tag may make bad edits to the tag wiki, or someone makes a wiki on someone else's character which can't be then updated by the owner of the character), the way tag permissions work may change in the near future to edits requiring review for approval. (Suggestions and feedback are welcome!)

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