Tagging upgrades

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menace - 08:51 20 April 2014 #

Good day, and happy Revision sunday :)

As some of you may have noticed, we've rolled out a major upgrade to our tagging functionality. We've integrated the Tag-It library (http://aehlke.github.io/tag-it/examples.html), introducing features like autocomplete on tags, hopefully minimizing the risk of duplicate tags. For those following our GitHub repo, you may also have seen that this upgrade has brought with it the closing of many tag-related issues.

In addition, we've introduced tag descriptions. What this means is that if a user hovers over a tag that has a description, he will see a short description of what that particular tag means. We hope this will be illuminating both to newcomers and to seasoned demosceners, allowing us to give some context to productions. If, say, someone is new to the demoscene and he sees a lot of productions tagged with Crinkler, he no longer needs to wonder what that actually is/means.

Descriptions can only be edited by admins, but feel free to give suggestions in this thread for both new descriptions and enhancements/corrections to existing ones. We can't fix what we're not aware is broken, so talk to us! :)

menace - 08:55 20 April 2014 #

Oh yeah, a few more things I forgot to discuss.

Tags with multiple words (example: drum-n-bass) have a hyphen to separate them. So, if you'd want to tag something "awesome lens flare", you would type awesome-lens-flare. Not that that would be a particularly helpful tag, but you get the general idea.

As a sideeffect of documenting tags, it became apparent that some cleanup needed to be made. First and foremost, there were a looooot of tags with duplicate functionality - think drum-n-bass vs drumbass vs drum-&-bass. This work is still ongoing, so if you see me deleting/adding a lot of tags in the description, that's why.

Asle - 10:12 7 July 2014 #

mxm = Cubic tiny gus xm player format

ltk_tscc - 10:48 7 July 2014 #

Added tag description.

menace - 12:26 7 July 2014 #

Asle: Welcome to the zoo, old buddy! :)

Asle - 19:34 7 July 2014 #

menace: having a look :) I'll pop up from time to time.

Asle - 17:59 19 July 2014 #

gdm = BWSB Music and Sound Engine - Copyright (c) 1993-95, Edward Schlunder

ltk_tscc - 08:40 20 July 2014 #

Added :)

Saga_Musix - 19:34 29 July 2014 #

Maybe it would make more sense to tag these things as BWSB rather than GDM, since BWSB is the engine and GDM is the file format?

Saga_Musix - 19:38 29 July 2014 #

(I changed the tag and added a more useful description to the tag)

Asle - 22:08 29 July 2014 #

well, I saw 'xm' and 's3m', so .. :)

Saga_Musix - 00:12 30 July 2014 #

On demos? That doesn't make sense, IMHO. Yes, the actual songs should be tagged with MOD/XM/S3M/IT/..., but not the demos themselves. Demos should rather be tagged with the tools they use (e.g. BASS, BWSB, OpenGL, whatever).
So the "correct" way to do it would be to associate a soundtrack with the demo and tag it with the appropriate format. If possible, tag it with the original format though, and not with intermediate formats like GDM/MXM. For GDM files, you can figure out the original format by using OpenMPT's song properties dialog or OpenMPT's input plugin for XMPlay (it will say something like "BWSB 2GDM 1.0 (converted from ScreamTracker III)").

Asle - 11:57 30 July 2014 #

I don't recall seeing these tags in demos, indeed. Makes sense then.

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