You may have noticed little tags that look like this popping up around the site. These tags can help our fellow TMSers find threads that might help them. For example, if someone clicks on a tag about Journaling, they should find all of our best threads about journaling. Likewise, if someone clicks on a thread about intersticial cystitis, they should see some of our best threads on intersticial cystitis. You can see how this would be helpful, right? In general, tags help fellow TMSers find threads that will help them. Even better, not only can they help people on the wiki, but they can also help people who don’t know about TMS and are searching on Google or other search engines. (More on that in a later post.) If you think someone else might like a thread, you can help them find that thread by tagging it. It’s quite easy. At the top of the thread, it will say “Tags:” and then either “Add Tags” or “Edit.” Just click that link and type in a new tag. A list of suggested tags may pop up, and if you can see your tag in the list, that’s even better. Here’s what it looks like: As you read the site, I’d encourage you to explore tags and to tag the threads you read. There will be some guidelines that I’ll post later, but for now, just imagine what would be helpful for someone like yourself. Try clicking on a couple tags and imagine the type of threads you would want to find if you clicked on the tag. Those are the threads that should have that tag. If you think the thread you are reading should have a specific tag, then add it! A good tag: Is descriptive rather than poetic or flowery Conveys useful information to the reader. For example, just about every thread on this forum could be tagged with “TMS,” so tagging a thread with TMS doesn’t help the reader very much and should be avoided except for with our very best threads (these are the threads that we want people to find when they click on “TMS”). Will eventually be applied to at least 5 threads. If you create a tag that will only ever apply to one thread, that will disappoint people because they will click on the thread and only find the thread that they started with! That’s okay in the short term, but in the long term, when people click on a tag, it would be nice to see a nice collection of tagged threads. In the future, I’ll provide more guidelines on applying tags, but for right now I thought it might help for people just to get started! Tags that you apply are likely to be edited, but by tagging a thread that you've read and liked is what gets the ball rolling. Just remember, think what would be helpful to you if you were searching. Also, threads don’t need a million tags. It's quality over quantity, after all. Thanks for your help!