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Use of crowd intelligence to tag your Posts – “TagThis” Plugin

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TagThisAn effort to allow collective crowd tagging

Ever since the first public beta of WordPress 2.3, a nagging itch had kept me worried — “How and who the hell will tag my old articles?” Tags are awesome but ‘are you sure you have tagged your post effectively?’, ‘will you go back and be able to tag all your older articles?’

Well, I searched for a similar or near-similar plugins which can accomplish this feat of tagging by your reader, and blog visitors. Unfortunately, Google was unable to find me anything I can use. I went ahead and drafted a plan for a custom plugin. I approached few ‘awesome’ WordPress Plugin developers and about five of them agreed to collaborate with me to come up with a plugin which we can release to the public under the GPL license. The good part was that most the developer were ready to do it for free. With schedule clashes and mis-timings with the other developers; I finally ended up with a kick-ass developer — Anirudh Sanjeev.

The development took way longer than anticipated due to many timeline hurdles, project clashes and yes, we got a bit lazy along the way. Fortunately, with a refreshed iteration of the project, a WordPress Plugin to allow your blog readers and visitors to tag your posts (articles) is ready — “TagThis”.

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  • 2008 1st Feb: Code updated to work with PHP 4 and so you can start adding your favorite and appropriate tags to this and other articles on this site.

60 Comments

  1. Hey Brajeshwar,
    I installed TagThis on my blog and it worked fine, except in the admin when I try to view any of the TagThis tabs I get this:

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING, expecting T_OLD_FUNCTION or T_FUNCTION or T_VAR or '}' in /mnt/gs02/herd03/27235/domains/evolve.reintroducing.com/html/wp-content/plugins/tagthis/tagthis_core.php on line 56

    is this a problem on my end or the plugin?

  2. Hey Brajeshwar,
    I installed TagThis on my blog and it worked fine, except in the admin when I try to view any of the TagThis tabs I get this:

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING, expecting T_OLD_FUNCTION or T_FUNCTION or T_VAR or '}' in /mnt/gs02/herd03/27235/domains/evolve.reintroducing.com/html/wp-content/plugins/tagthis/tagthis_core.php on line 56

    is this a problem on my end or the plugin?

  3. Hi Matt,
    I'm the developer. Unfortunately you're running php4 which is not supported at this time, but will be shortly. Please check back within a week.

    Anirudh

  4. Hi Matt,
    I'm the developer. Unfortunately you're running php4 which is not supported at this time, but will be shortly. Please check back within a week.

    Anirudh

  5. Anirudh,
    Sorry, don't mean to spam the blog, but I went ahead and enabled PHP5 on my blog (I have mediatemple so switching between versions is a click away) but now my question is this: can I style the way that the Tag This! button/box are displayed? I'd like to customize how they look a bit more to match my current theme. Thanks in advance and a really cool plugin you've developed.

  6. Anirudh,
    Sorry, don't mean to spam the blog, but I went ahead and enabled PHP5 on my blog (I have mediatemple so switching between versions is a click away) but now my question is this: can I style the way that the Tag This! button/box are displayed? I'd like to customize how they look a bit more to match my current theme. Thanks in advance and a really cool plugin you've developed.

  7. Matt,

    I have fixed php4 and is experimentally supported(amazing what a little sleep does to development skills), and I'll be writing in a guide to customize the widget soon.

    Anirudh

  8. Matt,

    I have fixed php4 and is experimentally supported(amazing what a little sleep does to development skills), and I'll be writing in a guide to customize the widget soon.

    Anirudh

  9. Excellent news. Please do post here when the guide is up (I am subscribed to this comment thread so I'll get e-mail notification). I am reserving using the plugin on my blog until I can customize it just because it looks a bit out of place in its current state :P

  10. Excellent news. Please do post here when the guide is up (I am subscribed to this comment thread so I'll get e-mail notification). I am reserving using the plugin on my blog until I can customize it just because it looks a bit out of place in its current state :P

  11. UTW allowed this feature before in the days of dwp dexter. not sure what happened to that now.

  12. UTW allowed this feature before in the days of dwp dexter. not sure what happened to that now.

  13. I'm come from a HK academic library. It is great plugin that the community can add the tag to the post. I have tried it and it looks fine except not supporting Chinese wording. Every word turn to ???. Is it possible the plugin support CJK characters? Thx.

  14. I'm come from a HK academic library. It is great plugin that the community can add the tag to the post. I have tried it and it looks fine except not supporting Chinese wording. Every word turn to ???. Is it possible the plugin support CJK characters? Thx.

  15. @Brad Hart
    It does work though I think there are some issues. We're looking into it to straighten any kinks there.

  16. @Brad Hart
    It does work though I think there are some issues. We're looking into it to straighten any kinks there.

  17. I couldn't it to function using cut and past script with any of the 2.5 installs I am running. I may be a theme issue, but I still couldn't get it to work. WOuld it possible to right the code so it puts the if function code into the functions page? I tried sticking the whole line of code there and sure enough it gave me a tag this insert right up at the top left of the page.

  18. I couldn't it to function using cut and past script with any of the 2.5 installs I am running. I may be a theme issue, but I still couldn't get it to work. WOuld it possible to right the code so it puts the if function code into the functions page? I tried sticking the whole line of code there and sure enough it gave me a tag this insert right up at the top left of the page.

  19. I figured out what the problem was. Several places where it says to make code changes to the

    I was simply cutting and pasting your code in which left off the final ?> I must have been too tired to catch it...

  20. I figured out what the problem was. Several places where it says to make code changes to the

    I was simply cutting and pasting your code in which left off the final ?> I must have been too tired to catch it...

  21. it would be great if the log would include, if available, the username of who submitted the tag.

    think it's possible? I have tagthis hidden behind a user level condition, so only my editors can submit tags, and I'd like to know exactly who's adding what.

    Thanks, I really like this plugin!

  22. it would be great if the log would include, if available, the username of who submitted the tag.

    think it's possible? I have tagthis hidden behind a user level condition, so only my editors can submit tags, and I'd like to know exactly who's adding what.

    Thanks, I really like this plugin!

  23. @Adam. That sounds like a good idea. We can in fact have an option to allow the user types in the admin panel of Tag-This. Will look into this.

  24. @Adam. That sounds like a good idea. We can in fact have an option to allow the user types in the admin panel of Tag-This. Will look into this.

  25. Nice plugin. I tried adapting it to our site at http://stream.kaplak.com/ but with mixed results.

    Brajeshwar, you write in the doc to this plugin :

    > The preliminary PHP/AJAX security prevents people from brute forcing several hundred tags at once on your TagThis install.

    This seems to be causing me trouble, as I can't (even if I'm the admin) add several tags in rapid succession to posts on our site, and it decreases the speed by which I and other users are able to tag posts.

    I want the tagging treshhold to be low (=1 user), so that tags instantly are added, once a user tags a post. I want moderation to take place after the fact, not before. And I want all our users to be able to tag all they want, so that they can customize the feeds the need from us. This is just to explain how I am using your extension.

    Can you give me a pointer to where in the code your aforesaid "preliminary PHP/AJAX security" takes place ? Can't seem to identify it at a glance. Will glance deeper until I find it, but I thought I'd might as well ask you directly.

  26. Nice plugin. I tried adapting it to our site at http://stream.kaplak.com/ but with mixed results.

    Brajeshwar, you write in the doc to this plugin :

    > The preliminary PHP/AJAX security prevents people from brute forcing several hundred tags at once on your TagThis install.

    This seems to be causing me trouble, as I can't (even if I'm the admin) add several tags in rapid succession to posts on our site, and it decreases the speed by which I and other users are able to tag posts.

    I want the tagging treshhold to be low (=1 user), so that tags instantly are added, once a user tags a post. I want moderation to take place after the fact, not before. And I want all our users to be able to tag all they want, so that they can customize the feeds the need from us. This is just to explain how I am using your extension.

    Can you give me a pointer to where in the code your aforesaid "preliminary PHP/AJAX security" takes place ? Can't seem to identify it at a glance. Will glance deeper until I find it, but I thought I'd might as well ask you directly.

  27. @Morten

    Thanks for your interest in the plugin.
    However, due to other projects that we're involved in right now, we're unable to diversity into anything at the moment.

    I'd really love if any developer who is interested in this plugin takes it forward.

  28. @Morten

    Thanks for your interest in the plugin.
    However, due to other projects that we're involved in right now, we're unable to diversity into anything at the moment.

    I'd really love if any developer who is interested in this plugin takes it forward.

  29. Thanks for replying so speedily! :-)

    Can you give me a small pointer to which file deals with this "time-control of tagging" ?

  30. Thanks for replying so speedily! :-)

    Can you give me a small pointer to which file deals with this "time-control of tagging" ?

  31. Will there be any further development? Or release of the code, so others can develop?

    Also, you don't appear to use the plug-in on your own site. That was a tad disappointing. ;]

  32. Will there be any further development? Or release of the code, so others can develop?

    Also, you don't appear to use the plug-in on your own site. That was a tad disappointing. ;]

  33. @ReaderX
    We've been really busy with other works and the plugin breaks in newer versions of WordPress at the moment (the reason why it is no longer working on my site).

    Please feel free to take it forward by downloading the source.

    We've an open-source Google Code repo for Tag-This. Email me your gmail ID if you wish to be part there and carry the plugin forward.

  34. @ReaderX
    We've been really busy with other works and the plugin breaks in newer versions of WordPress at the moment (the reason why it is no longer working on my site).

    Please feel free to take it forward by downloading the source.

    We've an open-source Google Code repo for Tag-This. Email me your gmail ID if you wish to be part there and carry the plugin forward.

  35. I am reserving using the plugin on my blog until I can customize it just because it looks a bit out of place in its current state

  36. I am reserving using the plugin on my blog until I can customize it just because it looks a bit out of place in its current state

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