tried to eat the safe banana (thefourthvine) wrote,
tried to eat the safe banana

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.

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