Check out this stellar, and much-deserved Featured, post on "tagging" by Debe Maxwell, CRS!
Thank you so much for clarifying the intricacies with tagging, Debe. It can definitely be tricky, at times (especially when you tag someone at the beginning of a sentence, continue typing, and delete an error, only to have the cursor jump back to the tagged name and delete it... but, I digress!)
Read on for excellent coverage that everyone and anyone can learn a thing or two from. :-)
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Confused about When to Tag in the Rain?
Well, you're not the only one!
I received an email from a new ActiveRain member about tagging and thought I would share with the community as I often see tagging used when it's not necessary and tagging NOT used when it is!
I have to say, a couple of years ago, I could not understand why members were starting entirely new 'comment' boxes when responding to other members' comments. In my mind, it takes away from the flow of the conversation. I learned that those 'new' comments back to members, NOT comments under the original comment, were awarded points to the writer of the post. I just assumed it was simply a points-thing!
Well, it's not!
When you respond to a comment, beneath another members' comment on your post, whether you tag them or not, they will not know that you commented back to them. If you think of reading 20 posts, then commenting each day, we're not likely to return to a post from the previous day, just to see, if by chance, you responded to us!
*In this example, John tagged Patricia beneath her comment (to keep the conversation going) but, Patricia doesn't receive notification of his tag, either in the notification alerts tab beside her profile picture or via email.
However, if you tag in a NEW comment, the alerts will show up under the member's notification tab and if they receive email notices, they'll also receive an email with the new comment. See below. (NOT the case in the above example.)
In the Q&A section, it's a little different...
First of all, just like commenting on another member's blog, if you post an answer to a question, you do NOT have to tag the member who asked the question - they are automatically notified via their notification alerts tab and email. You only need to answer the question and don't even have to worry about tagging!
If someone comments below your answer, they do not need to tag YOU. HOWEVER, when you respond back to them, you DO need to tag them if you want to notify them of your response.
Tags always seem to be a curious 'thing' about the Rain to new members. I also remember it taking me a bit to realize how to find out if someone tagged me since I don't subscribe to the emails. If you're new to the Rain, here's where your notifications are located:
The notifications tab is beside your profile picture at the top right (the red flag). The last 5 notifications are listed in the pull-down tab (you can click on each of the to go to the comment/post/like). Click on "See All Notifications" at the bottom and that will take you to a full page of notifications.
Hope this helps you understand the tagging system in the Rain! For more tidbits on using this site, join the Ask An Ambassador group - there is a plethora of information there, just for you!
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