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14 August 2005 @ 12:31 am
Please, Let This Be the Last Time I Have to Post About This  
Various kind people have pointed out the tag functionality problem to me. (If you don't know about it and, for reasons unknown but probably indicative of serious personal perversity, want to: tags with spaces in them don't work right now. The fine men, women, and hamsters of LJ are hard at work on this "known issue.") Other kind people have directed me to various solutions.

I spent some time, you know, ignoring it, weeping, ranting, pretending to be in Canada, hiding under the covers and holding perfectly still. In other words, my usual responses to problems. Unfortunately, none of those worked (and, really, I can't understand why; they work so well in the other parts of my life), meaning I had to do something much worse: fix it.

But, see, here's the thing. I'm sure the tag-management interface is lovely and joyous and sexy if you have, say, ten tags. Rename those puppies ("The Tag Formerly Known As Stargate: Atlantis," for example), insert your underscores, you're done.

I am. Um. Slightly compulsive. (And read for that, "Nothing gets me hot like a really good index.") So I use - well, we won't speak of an exact number. For the sake of my dignity, I'll simply say "a number of tags greater than ten." And, yes, I did consider doing the decent thing and renaming them all, but there were a few tiny problems with that.
  1. I treasure the shreds of sanity left to me.
  2. I tend, when faced with tasks like that, to find other things to do. Next year's taxes, for example - why not get a start now? And the dogs. They're dirty. Why not wash them? Ten hours later, I've got eighteen new spreadsheets, not to mention eighty pounds of furious, sudsy Labrador streaking through the kitchen, but my tags are still broken.
  3. There's a high likelihood that LJ will fix this problem soon, and they're twisty little cusses, so they might just find a way to do it that renders the underscore fix unworkable. This is the kind of thing that brings on massive bouts of existential angst.
Basically, it was a choice between organizing my recs and having time to do other things, like, oh, I don't know, actually post some damn recs.

So I propose a compromise.

See, I can edit my layout much more easily than my tags, thanks to the miracles of modern technology known as cut-and-paste and find-and-replace. Hence, the sidebar now contains links for all my tags - note, please, the new theme index below the fandom index. It is functional, to the best of my knowledge. If any part of it breaks or is screwed up, I will fix it as soon as someone lets me know, because god knows I'm not clicking on any more tags for a while. (Kind persons who feel like beta testing by clicking a few links at random will be rewarded. With. Um. Something nice.)

So if anyone is in urgent need of TFV recs sorted into categories, please just use the sidebar and pretend that the tags in the posts aren't there.

You get: working sidebar, more recs, vaguely sane recommender.
I get: working brain, time in which to rec, vague semblance of a life.
LJ gets: no love from me at all. I can tell you that for free.

cyanei on August 14th, 2005 01:09 am (UTC)
I really don't have much of an idea what you're on about, but YAY! Sounds good!
kalimyre: gil crazykalimyre on August 14th, 2005 02:13 am (UTC)
I am entirely unfamiliar with your recs and tag system, but I just wanted to say this post made me giggle madly. Also, as someone who went back through her entire journal archive when tags first became enabled and tagged every single entry, I shudder in sympathy. But mostly? Giggling. Particularly about treasuring shreds of sanity and the sudsy Labrador. *snerk*
zing_och on August 14th, 2005 02:56 am (UTC)
*g* Deal!
Kat Allisonkatallison on August 14th, 2005 05:20 am (UTC)
I am *staggered* by how much work that must all have taken, and venerate your large and organized brain even more. A random check of about half the links in both categories showed everything working smoothly, accurately and fast.

And as much as I treasure having everything so well-organized and easily accessible, my vote is emphatically on the side of more sanity for you along with this is supposed to be fun for you, dammit! (And a small greedy sidebar of more recs, please, yes!)
aliquid stat pro aliquomaygra on August 14th, 2005 05:28 am (UTC)
Your brain amazes me.

your tags amaze me. I went back to the first of the year and only managed to tag...like five posts.

You know most of us memorize and bookmark pretty much everything you say, right?

If I were there, I would totally wash your dog for you. And possibly cook. Maybe even iron. Cause you? Make me insanely happy for reasons that make no sense to anyone, even me.
filkferengifilkferengi on August 14th, 2005 05:32 am (UTC)
Shreds of Sanity sounds like a music group. If I had any of their cds, I'd treasure them too. :)
lola_in_slackslola_in_slacks on August 14th, 2005 06:20 am (UTC)
Tested links from Action to Lovecraft, all working, and was rewarded with the knowledge that fan fiction for 100 Years of Solitude exists. How cool is that?
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murklinsmurklins on August 14th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
Aw, sweetie, you don't have to fix yours manually -- at least not the ones in your sidebar. There's a really easy code fix for that since it's generated automatically. Let me know if you want to do it and I can talk you through.
Keswindhoverkeswindhover on August 14th, 2005 10:54 am (UTC)
Your sidebar is very attractive. And functional.
valdjinn on August 14th, 2005 11:01 am (UTC)
Your sidebar rocks, functions beautifully, and appeals to my own sense of order (for which I cannot thank you enough). No need to worry about the tags until LJ gets it's act together, yes?
Iphiginia Saberhagenfanofall on August 14th, 2005 11:25 am (UTC)
I love you.
It's okay.
Don't fret.
It will all be fine.
In through the nose, out through the mouth.
In with the good, out with the bad.