Continuing the discussion from Shouldn’t you be able to tag with multiple categories?:
I agree with @weirdcanada that the categorization system works well for thematic organization but that we need a system of tagging. A trite example that illustrates how I’m thinking about it is categories of
Vegatable, with a
goodreads tag. “Good Reads” wouldn’t be a great category because it isn’t really thematic, and then confuses users who want to share a great article about vegetables (where would it go?)
An idea I had was to implement Twitter-style hashtags, much in the same way Discourse @mentions function.
So a user could tag their post anywhere in the post body with a hashtag (which brings up the autocomplete with existing/popular tags).
It’s then rendered as a “chip” in their post, and other users can click that chip to be taken to a search results view that shows all of the posts with that tag. It would also be searchable via the existing search functionality for free.
What do others think of this idea? I think it would be much easier to implement via a PR than it would as a plugin, so I thought I’d get some ideas flowing before starting any work on it.