Power tags are an advanced feature which can add extra functions and layout options to your wiki pages (and sometimes research notes). They are entered like regular tags but follow the format
key:value. After adding a power tag, you must refresh the page.
To add tags, look for this box at the bottom of a wiki page or research note:
- Visit this page to learn how to post your assignment, and have student submissions grouped with it: https://publiclab.org/wiki/requesting-responses
General power tags
events:foodisplays a listing of research notes tagged with "event" and "foo", and a link to post new notes with those tags in the left sidebar.
sidebar:featureddisplays "featured" links and images in the sidebar instead of the usual "related content"
style:presentationhides the wiki toolbar (with Edit, Talk, Revisions) for more formal pages, and makes the lead image of wiki pages full-width
style:minimaljust hides the wiki toolbar (but it's accessible via a small caret button)
style:wideremoves the 800px width limit from wiki pages, and allows them to flow full page
style:fancyis used to style articles from the GrassrootsMappingForum
parent:fooadds a bar that links back to a parent wiki page
with:usernameadds a co-author to your research note with a live link to the user's profile page, however, the note itself will not show up under that user's profile.
iso:esis the way to indicate language in a research note or event. In this example,
locked-- locks a wiki page from edits except to moderators and admins. An atypical power tag in that it doesn't follow
key:valueformat; documentation here
redirect:____-- redirects a page to the page with the specified ID -- i.e.
redirect:100would redirect to node 100. Does not affect admins or moderators.
series:____-- displays a message of "This is part of a series on
tagname." with a link to /tag/tagname
abtest:____– redirects 50% of page visitors to the page of id given, such as
abtest:1234-- for "user testing" two versions of a page. Admins and moderators not affected.
List of power tags useful for chapter pages:
lon:-71.023latitude and longitude. Together with the simple tag "chapter", the combination of these three tags will create a point for your chapter on the Places map
events:foodisplays a listing of research notes tagged with "event" and "foo", and a link to post new notes with those tags in the left sidebar. Especially useful where foo = the name of your chapter page.
list:foodisplays recent posts from a Google Group with the name "foo" and a subscription input box
tabbed:wikisdisplay a tabbed header which offers tabs with links of related research note and wiki content
notes:foodisplays 4 recent "popular" research notes tagged "foo" (in grid view, popular means >20 views) at the top of the page, under the tabs if they exist. For example see [Gulf Coast](/wiki/gulf-coast]
parent:fooadds a bar that links back to a parent wiki page, especially useful for places within regions
Inline power tags
You can now use "inline" power tags in the middle of a research note or wiki page. The first one is for generating a list of notes for a given tag, and is used in this format:
For example, to list all notes tagged with
peru, you can use:
For a more complex example, you can list all questions on the topic of "infragram" using:
More advanced uses like activity grids can be found in this post:
And in the requesting responses documentation.
Inline People Lists
[people:organizer] -- will display any people tagged as organizers. Add profile tags on your profile page (admins can do this for anyone)
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Maps may be embedded inline, displaying content tagged with
lon:___ location tags. Read more about inline maps here.
Prompts let us offer a place on a wiki page where a reader can enter text and it's directly inserted into the text of the wiki page just above the prompt.
[prompt :text:Placeholder text] (without space after
That looks like this when saved:
We can also ask for longer-form text input with the keyword
paragraph -- but be aware that the "placeholder text" can only hold letters, numbers and spaces -- no punctuation (yet):
[prompt :paragraph:Placeholder text] (without space after
That looks like this when saved:
Two identical prompts on one page can cause trouble, but if you add a unique id, you can get around that:
[prompt :text:Placeholder text:UNIQUE-ID] (without space after
The prompts are better documented here.
There's also this type of "edit here" prompt:
[ edit ](but without spaces)
Which generates this type of prompt:
Edit this page to help complete it!
Automated power tags, not for manual adding
You might see some of these being generated automatically, like when checking the box for a Research Note to be an "Event" or a "question" or when awarding Barnstars to someone's Research Note. Don't manually add these:
This feature is for admins only -- please contact email@example.com with questions.
We've created a system for aliasing tags, which serves a number of purposes:
A) disambiguation -- we have both
spectrometry -- as of recently, we'd prefer
spectrometry. So we make each the alias of the other, and the two become somewhat (but not completely) interchangeable on the site.
- When looking at https://publiclab.org/tag/spectrometer, you see content tagged with
spectrometry, and vice versa.
- Email notifications do not yet take advantage of aliasing, but may at some point (see below).
B) subcategories --
multispectral-imaging contains and is broader than
- When looking at https://publiclab.org/tag/multispectral-imaging, you should see content tagged with
- When looking at https://publiclab.org/tag/infragram, you should NOT see content tagged with
multispectral-imaging-- your query is more specific than that.
Some aliasing features are more complex and not complete yet.
Email subscriptions - when people subscribe to a tag, they should receive emails when content is posted using a tag that is a (more generalized) alias of the subscribed-to tag.