Yes, yes, I'm talking about this again. It has come up again a couple times recently when I was talking to various staff members on their journals or mine, so I figured I'd put together a better breakdown of why exactly I don't like this new system, because it's a bit much for a single comment.
Alright, so, in this new system the tags don't use spaces. I've yet to hear a decent reason for this, and that bugs me, because the lack of spaces just doesn't work. Plenty of sites do have tags with spaces (tumblr and youtube, to name just a couple) so it is totally possible, however I do understand that the framework of some sites can make it incredibly difficult to add a tags-with-spaces system in. None the less, I think it would be worth the effort and here's why:
For the purposes of this example we're going to use the search term "Kith and Kin" because it is a small tag no matter how you input it, which makes it easier to see exactly what is going on. (Also it's a tag I use frequently, so it's easier for me to see what's going on related to one specific artist or artwork.) So lets say a random user comes across the site and wants to search for stuff related to my book project "Kith and Kin." Logically, they'll type in "Kith and Kin" into the search field. Not "KithAndKin." But here's the thing, when I submit my work, I can't tag "Kith and Kin," only "KithAndKin." And guess what? Even though they're sort of the same thing (and the new tag system seems to want you to think they're the exact same thing) they bring up two TOTALLY different sets of results. Here's a screenshot of the first few lines of results for each of those search terms:
Both are set to "Popular All Time" in all categories. Both have no changes in the tags EXCEPT the lack of spaces. And yet, each one brings up something almost TOTALLY different. "KithAndKin" brings up only 38 results, while "Kith And Kin" brings up 234. Any deviations that are repeated across each are at completely different areas of the page. All those "______Lockwood" pieces are mine. Notice how differently they're ranked across each version of the tag? They're more popular on the tag I have to use because of this system; the "KithAndKin" tag. But in the more logical version of the tag, the one the average person will use when searching the site, "Kith and Kin," my pieces are lower on the page and buried among other stuff. But, because of this system I CAN'T use that more logical tag to better place my pieces in the path of the people who are looking for them. I instead have to use the tag without spaces and hope people find my work anyways.
Obviously this is going to be true for all artists across the site, and to me that's not okay. This is our artwork and we need to be able to make it as easy as possible for people to find it, especially those of us who hope to someday make a living off of our artwork. I just can't get behind a tag system that doesn't let us do that.