Running with the ideas discussed in Category Conundrums Two Deep, I’d like to take another stab at filters, but mainly to do with the Tagger plugin this time. In short, I want users to have the ability to use Tags for topic-sorting in combination with Categories, not as an alternative to it.
How it currently works:
Here I am already in the CSS category, browsing available tags.
But what happens when I try to drill further down by clicking the “css3” tag? The Category tab is reset to “all categories”.
This is not what I want!
How it should work
My assumption is that the all categories and all tags buttons work the same, and that changing the condition of one will not affect the condition of the other. Therefore, if you already have the category CSS selected, clicking the CSS3 tag should specify your query even further, showing only topics within the CSS category, containing the CSS3 tag.
The obvious problem here is that the Categories column overshadows the tags. Looking at this screen, it’s easy to forget that you’re not in fact looking at all available CSS topics – the ones without the CSS3 tags are not present! I believe suppressing the categories column (or replacing it, with tags in such instances) is a discussion well worth revisiting.