Tags are one of the easiest ways for users to find what questions have already been answered. Only mods can create tags for this community, but all users can apply them. Please try to tag all your posts. Likewise, if you see any post that does not have tags or that seems to need another tag, please add it! The easiest way to tag a post you are making is to publish your post and then on the "post submitted" page click the "edit this entry's tags" link. You can edit tags by clicking the "edit tags" link in the meta-data (where the comments, link, etc. are displayed) of a post. An alphabetical list of tags appears in the sidebar. If you have a post which needs a tag which does not exist, please tag it with the "tag request" tag. Any post which requires attention from a moderator should be tagged with "to the mods". Community updates, announcements, etc. will be tagged as "mod post". Why are tags helpful? Tags are like memories on steroids. They allow everyone, new and old, to search for the information they are seeking quickly and efficiently. They help everyone learn. They save us precious space on our friends pages and prevent repetitive stress in our scrolling fingers. As for whether or not tags are REQUIRED of you- no, they aren't. We're not about to turn on moderation of posts over tagging, and we're not going to delete your un-tagged posts. Is it really awfully nice of you to tag your post? Sure is! Is it super sweet and special of you to tag others posts? Definitely!Thanks to everyone for helping out with this, and for helping this community grow.
Now that many of us are heading into the growing season, we're going to start seeing a strong increase in traffic and posting. I'd like to remind everyone that rather than using memories here, we're using the tag system. It makes it much easier to maintain the community, and puts a good bit of that control into your hands. Tagging is easy and quick, and anyone can do it. Let's try and keep the community tagged so that everyone can access the wonderful information this community has. A bit about tagging: