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What is a "supported" tag?

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Here is a quick video walk-through called What is a "supported" tag? that explains how to make a tag "supported" and what effect that has.

Please also reference the Forem Admin Documentation for more information on editing tags.

Feel free to ask any questions about this in the comments below!


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Hey folks, today we're going to talk about supported tags. You're looking at jess.forem.lol, this is our test Forem, just for testing various things out.

Let's hop into the admin section and we'll look at some tags. All right. So the first thing that you want to do to navigate to your tags is to click on content manager, scroll down, and click on tags.

Now you've landed on our tags page. This is showing comprehensively, all the tags that we have. And up here, we have a few things that you can click on...

You can see supported tags. These are tags that we've designated as supported. And unsupported tags here.
Let's hop into supported tags, and we'll just look at "test" right up top.

So the way that we have made this a supported tag is by checking this box right here, and we can do that by clicking in to any of the other tags and making them supported.

So what does that mean? And you have this, this, a little bit of an explanation right here. When the tag is supported, it allows the tag to be a searchable result when writing a post or listing.

So let's go check that out in action. We'll go back to the homepage. We'll go create a post and we'll see kind of how this works.

So basically a supported tag, we'll follow on with the example of "test", as you start to type in "test", it's using predictive text and it's picking up all of the tags that are supported that start with T E the, the most used ones, I believe.

And whenever you start to type in a supported tags letters this predictive text pops up and suggest that we use "test" in this situation, it's also providing the submission guidelines for the tag.

And just as a reminder, or if in case you don't know what submission guidelines are when I go to the landing page for "test" you can see that as, as an admin, I'm able to edit the various attributes for "test", and it's called rules markdown here, but it's, it's referred to as submission guidelines back on the other page.

That can kind of throw you off, but basically rules mark down and submission guidelines are the same thing.

And as part of a predictive text when you're typing in a tag like this, it's going to show you the submission guidelines right there.

So this is all helpful to writers. It's supposed to be sort of putting up the rails for, for different your community members and trying to point them to the tags that you want them to use the most.

So that's really how supported tags work. We'll hop back onto this page really quickly. You know, I mean, this is, this is the "test" tag.

That's it. You just click the check next to this box. And then anytime an author goes to write a post and they start to type in the tag, it's going to use predictive texts to suggest the tag, plus the submission guidelines pop up.

So that's basically it. Of course, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us, happy to answer any questions you might have.

Discussion (2)

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Ildi

Awesome feature! Do you think it would be a good idea to also show some sort of indication which tags are supported and which are not when visiting the forem.dev/tags page? Right now only thing that differentiates tags on that page are header color and if the tag has a description or not. Im curious if there are any big changes coming to the tags page in the near future?

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Michael Tharrington Author • Edited

I think this is a good idea! I really can't see many downsides and it would be nice to transparently communicate to the community which tags are supported. Maybe even if this page had a tab that would let you flip from top tags to supported tags or something. 🤔

Im curious if there are any big changes coming to the tags page in the near future?

I don't think there are currently any upcoming changes to the tags page, but definitely see this as a good suggested upgrade. When the time comes to make updates to this page, I definitely see this as something we should consider.