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Comments on Global Tags Are Mess
just to keep up this «global tag conversation» going on and because of some special behavior of my RSS feed (not sure my addressee have managed to read this post complete via RSS) I’ve removed a pagination tag.
dear Donncha,please just don’t get me wrong.as though this post title is a bit yelling, I am not going to say that Global Tags (GT) don’t have their users. instead, together with RSS feed for each tag it may well be an exciting feature for many of them.
moreover I am purposely writing this as a separate post because there are more chances it is going to reach you, since I am not sure that you’ve subscribed to that post’s comments feed and AFAIK WordPress does not yet support comment e-email notification or other comments tracking systems (http://co.mments.com is cool).
what I am actually concern with is the fact that GT in its current implementation breaks WP.com’s blogs navigation (and therefore usability) even more than it was. the whole buzz around GT is actually just on the modest line located in the post meta section which says: “Filed under: <Category>, …”
in this moment this meta data contains links to the GT only and have a wrong ’title’ attribute which says: “View all posts in <Category>” instead of “View other WordPress.com users posts tagged with <Global_Tag>”, which only double confuses and misleads a WP.com blogs visitors.
the simple Proof of Concept
- you have landed to this post from WordPress.com RSS feed tag (search engine, any external link etc).
- suppose you would really like to “View all posts in WordPress.com” category in this blog.
how would you (me or anyone else) going to accomplish that? note, there’s no such link (“WordPress.com”) on the Sidebar’s categories section, because “Category Widget” does not render it (I know this should probably be addressed to Andy, but anyway). ok, but now we can see such link right above/below this post. that’s fine, but instead of showing us a list of titles filed in “WordPress.com” category this link just returns us back to the WP.com GT page.
now what, duh..?!
this problem could be sorted very easily: just fix a theme post meta section so that it displays both as Categories as GT, like this for instance:
Filed under: WordPress.com [W]
or even this: