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13 Aug, 2019 05:28 PM

Jen Hayden has a diary up today about Justin Olsen, the Ohio teen who was arrested for making online threats of violence.

Unfortunately the diary is tagged with JustinOlson, which is a misspelling of his last name. I tried to correct it to the correct spelling, JustinOlsen, and discovered it's impossible to do so -- any attempt to do so auto-(mis)corrects to the incorrect spelling.

The reason is that there is a Republican in Arizona named Justin Olson who appeared in the tags of half a dozen Daily Kos Election Digest diaries back in 2016. And apparently someone set the tag feature to autocorrect from JustinOlsen to JustinOlson.

There are times when auto-correct is useful. Last year, for instance, close to 200 diaries about Brett Kavanaugh were mis-tagged with BretKavanaugh rather than BrettKavanaugh. (And another large number were mis-tagged with Kavanaugh.) That's a large enough number that setting BretKavanaugh to auto-correct to BrettKavanaugh saved a significant amount of re-tagging time by those who actually care about seeing correct tags used.

Similarly, there are a number of tags appearing now where auto-correct could be helpful. It would be nice to be able to click a single tag to bring up a list of all diaries about Pete Buttigieg, for instance. (When correct tags are consistently used, a click on the tag will bring up all the diaries on that subject; when a variety of tags are used arbitrarily, none of the tags will bring up the complete list and it becomes much harder to find a particular diary one may be interested in finding.) The correct tag according to DK tagging principles is PeteButtigieg, but many diaries are tagged instead with Pete, Buttigieg, MayorPete, and other things. If those were in addition to the correct tag, PeteButtigieg, it wouldn't be so bad, but too often those are there instead of the correct tag -- meaning a search using the correct tag won't turn up those diaries.

The last name Buttigieg is uncommon enough that making Buttigieg auto-correct to PeteButtigieg is unlikely to cause many problems of the JustinOlsen/JustinOlson nature. Similarly, the number of mayors named Pete who are going to be diaried about at Daily Kos, other than Pete Buttigieg, is small enough that setting MayorPete to auto-correct to PeteButtigieg is unlikely to cause problems.

Names like Harris and Warren are a bit too common for auto-correcting from Harris to KamalaHarris or Warren to ElizabethWarren to be a good idea -- there'd be too many problems which arose of other Harrises or Warren's getting auto-mistagged. But if people got more used to seeing diaries correctly tagged (i.e. with PeteButtigieg rather than the many playful variants) they might be more likely to realize they need to use full names for the tags of other people as well.

Justin isn't that common a name, so it's unusual that both Justin Olson and Justin Olsen have turned up as people whom there are diaries about. But it's not likely there will be hundreds and hundreds of diaries about either one (the way there were about Brett Kavanaugh and are about Pete Buttigieg) so the amount of effort it will take for people to manually correct any diaries which accidentally get tagged with a misspelling of the last name is small. So if someone could remove the auto-correct currently in place on JustinOlsen so that Jen Hayden's diary can be correctly tagged, it would be appreciated.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Daily Kos Staff on 13 Aug, 2019 06:37 PM

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    Good catch, thanks. I made the correction in the Tag library and added it to the story.
    As for your additional suggestions about organization--they do make sense. No promises though about how/who/when.

  2. Daily Kos Staff closed this discussion on 13 Aug, 2019 06:37 PM.

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