As you may know, LiveJournal tags have some serious limitations:
* Each tag can only contain 1000 posts
* Each account can only have 1000 tags
That's why posts are tagged with broad categories rather than every relevant keyword. Once these categories get too big, I can then split them up into sub-categories.
There is also a rather serious search limitation: There's no way to search for posts that have a certain combination of tags. You can search for posts under tag a and tag b, or all posts with a or b, but not for posts that have both.
This means that if you want information on the Japanese education system, and you search "japan" and "education," the results will include posts with either of those tags. You'll get information on the American education system and Japanese food, and there will be hundreds of tags to sort through.
That's why there are region-specific tags for information that is probably going to depend on the region - education, law, military, etc. There's a "japan: education" tag that is used for questions about the Japanese education system, a "usa: military" tag for questions about the United States military, and so on.
So that's why the tags are the way they are.
HOW TO USE CATEGORIES AND SUB-CATEGORIES
As I said a little bit before, there are broad categories that are then broken up into smaller sub-categories when they become too full of posts. When a sub-category exists, you should only use that tag, and not the parent tag.
For example, someone asks how to translate something into Russian. You would use just the "languages: russian" tag for that question, not "languages: russian" and "languages (misc)."
But if someone asked how to translate something into Russian and Aramaic, you would use "languages: russian" for the Russian aspect of the post, and "languages (misc)" for the Aramaic aspect, because there's no tag for Aramaic yet.
BUT THERE'S NO TAG FOR IT :( :( :(
You can't create new tags; only I can create tags. Tag posts that don't seem to have a relevant tag with "no category" and I'll get to creating a tag for it later. You can also use "no category" if you aren't sure how to tag it.
THIS POST HAS THE WRONG TAG AND I CAN'T REMOVE IT GRRR
LiveJournal's available settings suck. For now, I've created a "mistagged" tag. Add it to any post you think needs a tag removed and I'll go through later and clean it up. You can go ahead and add the right tags, as well, so in the meantime anyone searching for that info can find it.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT DUPLICATE TAGS
Yeah. There are a lot of those. Sorry. I'm still working on cleaning them up. If there are two or more tags that mean the same thing, just pick one - doesn't matter which. I'll get around to fixing it later.
TAGGERS BY MONTH
Here is a list of who has what month to tag. Once you're done, leave a comment here and I can cross that month off the list. If you can't finish your month, leave a comment and I'll find someone else to do it (or do it myself).
Any other questions? If you leave them here I'll reply as soon as I get the notification.