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[resolved] Can the same term be used as a catagory and as a tag in the same blog? (5 posts)

  1. akhblanchard
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    Hi, I seem to remember that it is not advisable to use the same term as both a category and as a tag in a blog. For example: I work with several authors on a literary blog. Author A wrote a post and assigns it to the category "Poetry". Author B wrote a post for the same blog and tags the post "Poetry". Author C wrote a post for the same blog and both categorized it and tagged it "Poetry". So, we have the term "Poetry" used as both a category and a tag in the same blog, sometimes even in the same post. I can't imagine that this is a good practice, and I want to put an end to it, but I haven't been able to find anything in writing that addresses this issue to show the authors. Can anyone direct me to something that explains it? Thank you.

  2. kjodle
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    Yeah, this is a bad idea.

    Author C wrote a post for the same blog and both categorized it and tagged it "Poetry".

    Author C needs to understand that categories are BIG ideas that posts fit into, and that tags are LITTLE ideas that fit into the post. For example, if I were doing a cooking blog, then categories would be recipe types: fish, vegetables, poultry, or breakfast, lunch, dinner. Then tags could be ingredients and cooking methods.

    It sounds like your blog is about literature, so categories would be novels, short stories, poetry. Tag would them be the theme, motifs, images, or symbols found within each.

    but I haven't been able to find anything in writing that addresses this issue to show the authors.

    I thought I had something here
    http://blog.kjodle.net/2011/08/27/pages-or-posts/
    but it appears I don't.

    Try this Google search.

  3. akhblanchard
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    Thanks for your help, kjodle. Does anyone if there is any technical reason WordPress software won't like it if one uses the same term as both a category and a tag?

  4. Rijo Abraham
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    You can use category and tag as the same name. (but the permalink slug will be different)

    There is upto some extent no point in having same category and tag for one article. Unless you have related posts for your theme which chooses tag value, then it can be the only case.

    You can edit your code to disable tags in posts.

  5. akhblanchard
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    Thank you Rijo Abraham and kjodle for your help. I appreciate it. I will mark this issue as resolved.

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