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Another Cool Utata Project Thing [FAQ = tagging tag tags projects]

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Brenda Anderson is a group administrator Brenda Anderson says:

Another Cool Utata Project Thing.

Ever take a photo for a Utata project and wish that you could display only SOME of the description on the utata.org page? Now you can.

It's a two step process. First, you need to decide what part of the description you'd like utata.org to see. You then put markers (of your choice) around that description. You can put either 1 or 2 markers.

The second step is to add tag(s) that tell utata what the markers are and how they should be treated. (these are the newfangled machine tags which are grouped on your photo page under the heading "machine tags", but you add them the same way as other tags.)

Tags are: utata:startdesc=[marker] and utata:enddesc=[marker] replacing [marker] with whatever characters you choose as your marker.

Either of those tags is optional, so if you only put one marker in your text, you should add either a Start or End tag to let Utata know whether we should take the part of the description before the marker (use the utata:enddesc= tag) or the part after the marker (use the utata:startdesc= tag).

It's easiest to describe by way of examples.

In my example descriptions below, I've chosen to use 3 dashes --- as my marker.

Example 1:
I add tags
utata:startdesc=---
utata:enddesc=---

Here is my photo description. I would like to only show the bits in the next paragraph.
---
Here is the description that I want to show on the utata.org page. It's the most important part.
---
Don't want this to show.


So in the above example, the " ---" is the marker and Utata displays the part of the description after the --- and quits reading when it reaches the second ---. Example in Action


Example 2:
I add one tag
utata:startdesc=---

Here is my photo description. I would like to only show the bits in the next paragraph.
---
Here is the description that I want to show on the utata.org page. It's the most important part.


In the above example, the " --- " is the marker and all the text after the marker will be shown. Example in Action


Example 3:
I add tag
utata:enddesc=---

Here is the description that I want to show on the utata.org page. It's the most important part.
---
The rest of this I don't want shown.


In the above example, the " --- " is the marker and all the text after the marker will be ignored. Example in Action

Yikes!

It's a lot easier than it is to describe. Here's how I think of it: Utata grabs your photo and looks at the tag. If we see a utata:startdesc= tag, then we say "oh, ignore the description until we get to the marker and then start paying attention." If we see a utata:enddesc= tag, then we say, "oh, ignore the description after the marker". If we see BOTH tags, then we say, "oh, ignore... pay attention ... ignore". :)

You can use whatever 'marker' you want, so long as your tag tells utata what it is. So in the above examples, I could use ~.~.~ as my marker and then my tag would be utata:startdesc=~.~.~

So why do I like this?

I usually put a link to the project in the description, but then it looks silly because on the utata project page, there's a link in my description pointing to the page! So this is a perfect solution for that.

Another good use I've found is for the Iron Photographer project photos. I want my Flickr viewers to know what the heck I'm doing, so I list the elements in my description. But then, when it shows on the Utata IP page, the elements are already shown on the page, so it looks silly to show them again in my own description. Voila! Use a tag and have them disappear from only the utata page. :)
Originally posted at 3:15PM, 5 February 2007 PST (permalink)
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Maltus says:

That is so cool! I will start updating some of my desc soon!
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Lú_ says:

so cool!

Will this be linked somewhere clever so I can find it again?
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Madirakshi says:

as the technodork on staff (not to be confused with the technogeek, who is really smart), i can attest to the fact that it's easy to do!!

our utatageeks are truly brilliant.

or maybe it's the flickrgeeks. at any rate, it's a wonderful thing! =)
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clickykbd says:

Nice use of tags to influence external behavior. AFAIK utata is still the only group/project doing things like this... lead the way you crazy innovators!
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the life of liza says:

Amazing!
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Adam Holte says:

That's great. I almost did something like that for my photoblog.
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It'sGreg is a group administrator It'sGreg says:

utata is still the only group/project doing things like this... lead the way you crazy innovators!

It's a little known fact that Utata.org also invented the fruit smoothie.
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Linda B (Wine Diva) says:

Brilliant!
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Esther17 says:

mmm, smoothie. ;-)
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Linda B (Wine Diva) says:

OK, I tried this with this photo and it didn't work. Obviously I'm doing something wrong. What did I do?
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dopiaza is a group administrator dopiaza says:

Hmm. Just looking into that...
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dopiaza is a group administrator dopiaza says:

OK, you nearly had me fooled there. I think your "utata:description:hide" tag has something to do with it. If you delete that, all should be well.
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Linda B (Wine Diva) says:

HA! I knew it was something simple like that. Thanks!
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Lú_ says:

Is there a central place where our project tagging etc. options can be found? It took me a while to find this one, which I'd been pretty sure existed.
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Brenda Anderson is a group administrator Brenda Anderson says:

Actually, there is. :)

But saying that, I see that that page needs to be updated, so thanks for the push. I'll work on that soon.
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Brenda Anderson is a group administrator Brenda Anderson says:

Well, no time like the present. I've updated that help page. Please let me know if any of it is unclear. :)
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matt_carr says:

wow this is rad. thanks Brenda. wow everyone on Utata is so helpful. its almost crazy. or maybe im crazy so it seems crazy. or maybe im used to less than helpful people, so to find helpful people seems unusual. maybe i should move. or find new people. any utatans in LA? thanks again Brenda.
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fair waves [deleted] says:

Utata is a lot more helpful than average. Sometimes I have a question and find that people answered it long before it even occurred to me to ask.
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neonlike is a group administrator neonlike says:

There are many wonderful Utatans around LA.
Check this discussion, for a start:

www.flickr.com/groups/utata/discuss/72157602975186374/?se...
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