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Are there any guidelines for adding tags?

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Here are a few guidelines to assist with the consistent use of tags in WhatSpecies:

  • Always use lower case letters - no exceptions (for example table mountain).
  • Use commas to separate different tags (for example table mountain, proteas).
  • Only use spaces, and if needed hyphens, to separate words in one phrase.
  • Keep abbreviations to a minimum.
  • Use a plural base (for example "proteas" over "protea", or "frogs" over "frog").
  • Try to use no more than five tags per observation.

Tip: Look at your observation from a search angle and ask yourself: "What search term should a person have to enter to find this observation?". Those search terms can then be considered as tags.

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