Andrew Otwell wrote:
Before entry? You might look at the auto_complete function to suggest
One bit of advice: be careful assuming that tags are a “usable”
replacement for a habtm relationship. “friend” and “friends” may seem
redundant to you, but to a user, those are clearly very different
concepts. I wouldn’t tag a portrait photo of my buddy Bob with “friends”
in Flickr if I had the choice. Would you also try to assume thinks like
“myfriends” is redundant with “friends”? The best tagging
implementations don’t impose any kinds of restrictions on the text. If
what you need is a traditional categorization system, there are good
examples of usable ways of managing those.
I attempt to apply tagging in a collaborative business environment.
Allow a freeform environment for users to define “groups” of existing
contact records, without imposing a rigid pre-defined group metaphor.
But, the obvious issue being, one user might enter friend vs another
user entering friends, within the same shared data set.
The auto-complete field is helpful, but may not prevent errors in entry
The idea is more of an experiment, and after some real usage may or may
not be handy.
Thanks for all the helpful suggestions!