Two days ago, I showed photos with No’s, including:
If you checked my tags for that post — Day 609: Invisible — you would have seen this one, at the end:
What trees might feel about being cut down
Just now, I added another tag, there:
What trees might say about being cut down
Does everybody know what a “tag” is, in the world of WordPress?
If you said “No,” here’s some information about tags:
Tags provide a useful way to group related posts together and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Tags also make it easier for people to find your content. Tags are similar to, but more specific than, categories. The use of tags is completely optional.
If my new tag had made more than fifteen tags for that post, I would have said “no” to another tag. Regular readers might be surprised at my saying “no” to a list entry, because I never say “No” to a good list. However, my memory is that WordPress says “No” to excessive tagging, and I quote:
Your posts will appear in the topic listings of any tags or categories you use. Therefore, assigning tags and categories to your post increases the chance that other WordPress.com users will see your content.
However, you don’t want irrelevant content showing up on the topic listings or search, and neither do we. That’s why we limit the number of tags and categories that can be used on a public tag listing. Five to 15 tags (or categories, or a combination of the two) is a good number to add to each of your posts. The more categories you use, the less likely it is that your post will be selected for inclusion in the topic listings.
Hmm. I could have sworn I saw a more direct, obvious “No” about using more than 15 tags at WordPress. My memory is that WordPress told me that if I used more than fifteen tags, all my tags would become invisible. Let’s see if I can quickly find something about that.
It looks like I may be starting a false rumor (something I always try to say “NO!” to). While I may have a distinct memory of seeing a firm WordPress “NO!” to more than 15 tags, here’s what I just found:
Is there a limit to the number of tags I can have?
Yes, the sky. In other words, no.
So if there ever was such a tag-limiting rule, WordPress has said “No” to such limits.
I like WordPress’s answer to its own question about tag number limits, especially because it includes “no” AND its opposite “yes.”
Is everybody with me?
I’m guessing I got some No’s in response, there.
What else do I want to tell you — about “Saying No” — right now?
- Yesterday, my downstairs neighbor, Karen, said “No” to my assumption that the tree in back was being cut down that day. The tree has a one-week reprieve and will get its final “No” next week, on September 9 (my late father’s birthday).
- Yesterday, I set limits with somebody at work, saying a firm “No” to attempts to push boundaries with me.
- Yesterday, people at work said a resounding “Yes!” — with no “No’s” I could hear — to a proposal I’ve made about improving the delivery of behavioral health services at the hospital’s primary care practice.
- Yesterday, I found out (from a third party) that a person, outside of work, who had contacted me about a possible “Yes” to something I want, has decided to say “No” … and is taking their time telling me “No” directly. (This is a style of communication I say “NO!” to, whenever possible, and which I’ve written about here, here, here, AND here).
Is all of that clear? I would assume No, since I need to be unclear about details here, sometimes, because of confidentiality and other issues.
I would love to say “YES!” to clarity at all times, but I’m doing the best that I can.
Is it time for me to end this post?
Today is the day my 16-year-old son, Aaron, returns to school.
Based on past experiences, I’m assuming he might want to say NO!! to all that.
Here’s some actual dialogue we just had:
Me: Do you feel okay?
Me: Is there something I can get you?
Aaron (who usually says “No” to breakfast): Yes.
Me (expecting to hear “No” to this next question): Do you feel ready for school?
Aaron: I guess.
Me (after I put breakfast out for him): Is there anything else I can do?
Aaron: Probably not.
Here’s a photo, I just snapped, of Aaron eating some friggin’ thing:
If you’re wondering if I have any negative feelings, right now, about anything I’ve mentioned in this post, the answer is
Finally, here are some things I saw yesterday, which might get a “No” and/or a “Yes” from you:
How might I respond to those signs?
Thanks to Aaron, to WordPress, to those who tag (in any form of that word), to people who say “No” and “Yes” as best they can, and to you, especially, for saying “yes” to this post, today.