I am helping a friend of mine create a story website. He says he wants
Genre as well as
Tags for his site. Implementing
Genres is easy enough.- I can have a list like:
- Romance - Horror - Humor - Tragedy - ...
The author can select couple of these while writing his story. The reader can also search/filter using these genres. We can tag-cloud, show number of items in each etc.
The problem with tagging that I have, is that it can become too convoluted. Stories can be tagged for just about anything. And tags can start becoming duplicated due to spelling mistakes, slightly different words used etc. This can end up with the site getting cluttered with tags and it can really be no value add at all.
So should tagging be there? As a reader/writer how would you expect a tagging functionality to work for a writing site?