Throw any ideas you have at us. Seriously. The discussion about how to display the personal tag was a long and tiresome one. Here's a little insight to why we just fell back on doing it like it is.
by mknod 9 hours ago
1. Education: New and existing users who are unfamiliar with personal tags need to be able to grasp the concept. I still firmly believe that one of the reasons community tags are so rarely used is people don't really know what they are nor are they reminded to add one. The symbol is simply Δ# or +#.
text · #improvclass · #improvclass.mknod · #movieproducers
We toyed with the idea of doing #@ or #improvclass.p or #.mknod or come up with a new symbol or icon. The problem is the tag becomes too hidden and easily missed.
2. Why is this on my feed + clickability
As it currently stands, you can easily tell why something is on your feed. Either you follow the user, the tag, the domain, or a "shared by mitvit +3" appears. You can click on any of those things and be taken to a page that displays a list of posts that share that. By limiting the personal tag to a single character or icon, this information is again more easily missed. In addition, the different in color for a single character or two is not enough to give the audience an easy way to take in this information as they scan their feed.
Here are a couple of screen grabs from that night as examples:
I am personally a fan of the visual look of #@ but it doesn't really educate anyone about anything. It works if it's blue and nothing else is. The second you follow a user but none of those tags, it gets lost again. :/
Looking at the entire feed, I'm realizing the order that we display the tags does need to be different. The repetitive information so either be at the beginning or end so that it's not splitting up the other information.