As some of you might have already noticed, we now have a tag system on vB4 that allows us to automatically include/call someone into a thread or post. It's a very useful system, just like the automatic message you get when someone quotes your post, but it could also be a breeding ground for misbehavior, so we need a set of rules as to how to use it.
First, what can we use tags for?
Well, some writers have a dedicated fanbase, which want to be up-to-date with the newest chapter or story they post. This is usually handled through VMs or PMs to each reader, which can be quite exhausting to the writer if their list is long, or can be easy to miss among other VMs or PMs for the reader.
The tag system automatically notifies you when you're tagged in a post, just like when you receive a VM or a PM.
Second, how do you use the tags?
They're easier to pull off than a bunch of different VMs (and allow for more people than a PM), and are less advertising-looking:
In a new chapter or story post, at some point, include @[Username] ; to automatically tag a reader.
It's important to leave a space between the username and the ; sign, and for it to be the exact username. However, if done correctly, the user gets notified right away!
Third, which are the rules, then?
The rules for using the tags in the Workshop, the Block, the Atlas and the Archive are:
- The user must ask you to notify him/her, either in a review or a VM/PM between you two. At any moment, they can tell you to stop notifying them, and you must respect their decision. Failing to do so (that is, tagging them anyways) will result in an pointless post warning/infraction.
- The tags must only be present in a post that contains a fragment of a story (chapter), story collection (one-shot, drabble) or poem. If tags are done in any other type of post, it'll result in a wrong/banned topic warning/infraction, whether it was the author or not.
- Telling people to read your story by VM and/or PM is, from this moment on, a completely forbidden action if it's the first interaction you have with them. Failure to comply will result in an inappropriate content warning/infraction. However, if you're friends, and your story came up during a conversation, it's OK.
Finally, can you use it elsewhere in the forum?
Yes, you can. But please, don't abuse of the system; only use them when you're replying to someone and don't wish to quote their post.
If you're unsure about tags in the subforum you're exploring, don't hesitate to ask the local moderators about their use in that place.
And that's all, everyone. Have fun!