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header tag

A header tag is a tag early in the content of a page that signals some simple fact about it. In other words, that "This page is" of a particular type, status or style. Use of category should usually be restricted to the core process that the wiki is uniquely able to enable.

This leaves a lot of work for header tags. Typical uses of such tags are:
  • notices or template tags indicating the style of page and likewise any guidelines that are specific to it; they also indicate if a page was created automatically from a template
  • style tag?s indicating editorial bias problems or dispute?s that relate wholly to the means of expression used, e.g. possible libel
  • status tags indicating any issues or ongoing processes involving the page.
    • Most commonly, a request to balance/hide/ignore/delete. The request itself is a status tag creating very visible notices to draw attention to the page so the request can be resolved. Less commonly, a multi-page issue such as a bad redirect, which applies to a larger process of review than the page.
    • All pages marked with a particular status can be presented using the BACKLINKS plugin?; For example some pages indicate facts true as of dates, e.g. as of 2006-07?; the use of this status tag links the page to be easily found when updating pages
    • Since several backlinks plugins can be used on any page, it can be used to create a wiki control centre which can monitor the tagged status of many pages at once. While this works for any types of tags, it is most useful for status tags as they change most often.
  • path tag?s indicating if a page is part of some page path? through the content: first page?, previous page?, next page? should be accessible for each such path
  • standard tag?s, e.g. technorati tags, that report page content to blogs and RSS feed aggregator?s
  • faction tags that indicate which LP client or theirfactions approve? of, or reject?, a particular version? of a page
    • indicating that it is a factionally defined term? that is accepted only by one faction, e.g. a trademark
    • indicating which other factions must comment before it can be considered approved
    • indicating which factions approved of some earlier version
  • versions in other language?s where they exist
  • versions from other POV?s on the same topic, where they exist
  • indicating a dispute? that may exist about that page
    • factional dispute?, factual dispute?, POV dispute?, etc.
  • indicating the author?s deserving credit under LivingPlatform.CA terms of use, CC-by-nc-sa, GFDL or other licenses that may apply to that page
  • indicating that the term is on a list, category or index
  • indicating that the term has special status at LivingPlatform.CA itself or Living Platform itself

There are also footer tags that serve similar purposes:

Finally there are on-page directives that instruct users of the content itself, and editors notes that extend the content.


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