Tagging your work

Why does MacGuffin use tags?
What sort of tags should I give to my own work when I upload it?
Tagging rules
What does 'barging in' mean?
How do I report a tag that's abusive, spammy, or barges in?

Why Does MacGuffin Use Tags?

MacGuffin aims to solve a discoverability problem: readers want to find writing that chimes with their particular interests, tastes, moods and circumstances; writers want to find a readership that gets their work. Matching them up is the tricky part. That’s what tagging aims to do.

On MacGuffin, readers curate content by adding hashtags to other people’s work, grouping it into genres (e.g. #spec-fic), memes (e.g. #sundaysonnets), personal reading lists (e.g. #clairesmithsskafkaesquereads); or simply adding tags to describe the content (#bears #porridge #woods #dangerousblondes). A writer can use multiple tags to target work at readers with specific interests (e.g. #post-colonial #apocalyptic #antarctic) and a writing group can use a tag to share work-in-progress (e.g. #leedsuniwritersyear3).

Using tags to describe content is a blunt tool if only a few readers participate. But when a whole community tags, this accrues into a detailed and searchable list of attributes, and as more content is uploaded and tagged, readers will be able to find stuff using ever-more specific search terms.

What tags should I give my work when I upload it?

When you upload content to MacGuffin, we'll automatically add some basic tags to it:

Author Name
Text length
Audio length

But you'll also need to add your own tags, to help readers find it. Here are some suggestions:

Genre (e.g. ‘crime’)
Form (e.g. ‘shortstory’)
Theme (e.g. ‘nautical’)
Content (e.g. ‘porridge’)
Meme (e.g. ‘sundaysonnets’)
Personal reading list (e.g. ‘abishawshistoricalfiction’)
Group reading list (e.g. ‘leedsuniwritingyear4’)

The more you tag, the more discoverable your work will be.

NB. Please read the Tagging Rules, and make sure you're not 'Barging In' on someone's tag - behaviour that's likely to annoy other users and may result in your account being suspended.

I’m uploading my story in two or more parts. How should I tag it?

We recommend that you add all tags related to the entire story to the first part.
We also recommend that you tag each part with a tag to indicate how many parts there are of the whole thing. E.g. if it's a 3-part story, tag the first part '1/3', the second part '2/3', etc.

I’m uploading my novel to MacGuffin chapter-by-chapter. Should I add all the tags (related to the entire novel) to every chapter?

You can do, but as this is likely to be quite time-consuming, we recommend that you add all tags related to the entire novel to the first chapter only.

Tagging Rules

We don’t allow tags that are abusive, spammy, or that add unwelcome stories to other people’s reading lists or reading groups (‘barging in’). These behaviours are defined in more detail below. We reserve the right to deny service and/or the delete the account of anyone who persistently breaks these rules, at our discretion.

Abusive tags

While MacGuffin readers are free to use tags to express their dislike of content, we won’t tolerate abusive tags. Examples of abusive tags are:
Tags that criticise the author, rather than the work being tagged. #thisauthorsucks would be considered an abusive tag. #thisstorysucks may be impolite, but it wouldn’t be considered abusive.
Tags that are racist, sexist, homophobic, or discriminate against people according to disability.
Tags that are libellous or defamatory.
When this is reported to us, we’ll investigate it and take steps to prevent it. This may include closing the offending account.

Barging In

‘Barging in’ is when a user tags content to add it to someone else’s reading list (or to a group reading list) without being invited, or tags content they have uploaded with a misleading tag with the intention of gaining more readers.

Some examples:
I upload a poem and tag it into someone else’s personal reading list, e.g. #clairesmithsfavouritesonnets
I upload a story and tag it into the reading list of a group I am not part, e.g. #leedsuniwritersyear3
I upload a story that has no sci-fi elements, and tag it #sf

When this is reported to us, we’ll investigate it and take steps to prevent it. This may include issuing a warning, or in serious and/or persistent cases, closing the offending account.

What isn’t Barging In?

I upload content and tag it into an appropriate meme or list for that content, e.g. I upload a sonnet and tag it #fridaysonnets
A MacGuffin user asks her social media followers for suggestions of stories under a specific hashtag, and I tag a story into that list, e.g. #clairesmithstorysuggestions
I upload a story that most readers wouldn’t consider typical sci-fi, but has some sci-fi elements, and tag it #sf

How do I report a tag that's abusive, spammy, or barges in?

We may remove tags (and warn or ban the tagger) if they’re abusive, spammy, 'barge in’, or otherwise breach our Tagging rules.

To report a tag:
1). Go to the specific story/poem/essay the tag has been added to.
2). Access the control panel of that story (the hamburger icon at the top right of the screen).
3). Click 'report content'.
4). Fill in the form and explain the problem.

Before reporting, please check they breach our Tagging rules.