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I’d like to propose adding a ‘history’ tag, to tag things like old articles, classic papers, and retrospectives like this recent interesting one: “Talking with Mikel Evins about the lisp-based Newton os from Apple”.

Edit: and this one: MIT-related work that has transformed computer science


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    I think that a tag as broad as history doesn’t make sense, because tags are used as a guide for what to post or what not to post. Clearly, something about the history of the City of New York would be history, but not appropriate for lobsters. However, it seems useful to add non-tag meta-information that clarifies that a submission is history. It would also make sense to stuff some other questionable tags like “satire” or “funny” or the late “news” tag, under the list of meta information that is useful but should not be used to defend a submission (oh, it’s satire, so it deserves to be on lobsters even if it’s political satire).

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      There are plenty of broad tags like law, philosophy, rant, book, cogsci, culture, etc.

      It’s reasonable to assume that not literally anything that fits those tags is on-topic for Lobsters.

      history would be the same, I think.

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        Historically, we have had a problem where people would shove anything and everything into overly broad tags. See the discussion on news.

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          My understanding of the problem there wasn’t that news was being abused to post random CNN headlines, but to post content free posts that may fit under some vague definition of “tech news.”

          I just don’t think it’s reasonable to assume that tags should be taken literally. They should be taken under the context of Lobsters. Maybe add a sentence to the submission guidelines?

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        I’d be fine calling the tag “computing-history”.

        Or, if it’s possible to add, make “history” a tag that can only be added to other tags, but can’t be its own tag…

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          Right, your second idea is what I’m getting at. I think a broad swath of tags would make more sense that way.

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            But how useful would a sub-tag system be? There are only so many posts on lobste.rs, and the tag system, as mentioned above, is just mostly used to keep posts on topic. I’d be interested to see how many people filter certain tags, or search through tags regularly, though.

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              I recently posted a funny video, which was nominally about monitoring, but was really a standup comedy routine about distributed systems. It was frustrating to users who didn’t know that James Mickens liked being funny. A “funny” tag would have clarified it. The closest that currently exists is a satire tag, but it didn’t exactly fit.

              You’re right, it wouldn’t be useful for filtering in general, but it might be useful on a case-by-case basis. “This video is twenty minutes long and is labeled as funny … not in the mood right now.”

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                So a set of meta tags? In a a rich enough dependently meta-tagged environment one could fully describe the piece with tags alone. ;)

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            I think what you are wanting is a not-current tag, something to denote that it occurred back in time as opposed to the present. Is that the case?

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              Not exactly, no - for example, a new article about something from the past could be tagged ‘history’ but ‘not-current’ doesn’t seem to fit exactly.

              I also thought it’d denote some kind of historical importance, like “this topic is something that would be covered in a history class and has important lessons for the future”, and not just “this topic is not recent”