Tags are keywords used to describe posts, allowing you to easily search and explore posts based on their content. Consult the cheat sheet for a full guide on searching posts. See the tag groups for existing tags.
When you're tagging a post, use the following guidelines:
Replace spaces with underscores
maria-sama ga miteru becomes
maria-sama_ga_miteru. Spaces are used to separate tags.
This is somewhat complicated. In general, use whatever order the source material uses. Failing this, use the ordering the character's nationality suggests. This typically means LastName FirstName order for Asian names, and FirstName LastName order for Western names.
But there are exceptions. Some characters use FirstName LastName order despite having Asian-sounding names. Subaru Nakajima is a good example of this (in all official promotional artwork FirstName LastName order is used). There is nothing we can do but shake our heads.
Some characters have a mixture of Asian and Western names. Refer to the source material for these cases. Failing that, the general rule is, use whatever ordering the character's last name suggests. Asuka Langley Souryuu has a Japanese last name, so it would become Souryuu Asuka Langley. Akira Ferrari has an Italian last name, so it becomes Akira Ferrari. But again, there are exceptions to this, like Setsuna F. Seiei.
Using full names reduces the chances of collisions. The definitive resource for character names is Anime News Network (note that all their character names use FirstName LastName order).
Tag name restrictions
- Must not be blank, i.e. must contain at least one character
- Cannot contain any asterisks ( * ) or commas ( , )
- Cannot begin with a tilde ( ~ ) or dash ( - )
- Cannot begin or end with an underscore ( _ ), or contain consecutive underscores
- Must contain only printable characters
- Cannot begin with a metatag and ":"
- See List of available metatags
- "new" and "search" are reserved and cannot be used
- *_(cosplay) tags must have an existing character tag
- E.g. chen_(cosplay) must have a chen tag
If you're not sure whether a tag is right or wrong, then ask for help in topic #12251 ("How do I tag this?").
There are five types of tags: artist, character, copyright, general, and meta. Artist tags are red, characters are green, copyrights are purple, general tags are blue, and meta tags are orange.
Artist tags identify the creator of a post. This doesn't mean the creator of the original copyrighted artwork. For example, you wouldn't use the Barasui tag on a picture of Matsuoka Miu drawn by Naruko Hanaharu.
Character tags identify the characters in the post. Remember that Danbooru uses LastName_FirstName ordering.
Copyright tags identify the anime, manga, game, or novel that the post is associated with. More generally, copyright tags identify the source material that the characters are from.
Copyright tags should not be used for trademarks or brand names. A rule of thumb: if something doesn't have characters, it probably shouldn't be a copyright tag.
General tags are used for everything else. General tags should objectively describe the contents of the post. Don't use subjective tags which can be biased by personal preferences (e.g. cute or sexy), and don't tag things based on outside knowledge rather than what one can see in the post.
Changing tag categories
You can change the category of the tag by prefixing it with
general: when tagging a post. For example, tagging a post with
artist:sakura would change the sakura tag to an artist tag.
copy: are shortcuts for these prefixes.
You can also search the Tags listing and use the "edit" link next to the tag to change its category.
Tags with between 50 and 1000 posts can only have their category changed by Builders. Category changes for above 1000 posts can be done by Admins, though any large changes should be discussed on the forum first. Make a bulk update request to create a forum topic requesting that a tag category be changed.