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Namespaces are designations for tags indicating their purpose. They are of particular usefulness when a tag would have multiple meanings, such as being the name of both an artist and a character.

Adding a Tag within a Namespace

For any tag that exists within a given namespace, inputting that tag prefixed by namespace: will tag it under that namespace. Therefore, if example is an artist, inputting artist:example will tag example in the artist namespace. Note, however, that this does not apply to the namespace labeled "miscellaneous"; this is simply the default namespace, for which no prefix is necessary.

Each namespace also has one or more aliases which may be used in place of the full namespace designation. These aliases are listed in the table below. Note that the default namespace has no valid prefix at all.

Namespace Simple Alternate
artist a
character c char
female f
group g creator, circle
language l lang
male m
parody p series
reclass r

Defaults and Forced Prefixes

Any tag that is only used in one namespace is defaulted to that namespace. Tags like this do not require a prefix in order to tag them. Simply entering the tag without a namespace prefix will cause it to automatically be tagged in its default namespace.

By contrast, tags that have uses in multiple namespaces will not be taggable at all without the explicit use of a namespace prefix. For example, if generic can be either an artist or a character, then users will be required to explicitly enter character:generic to tag the character or artist:generic to tag the artist.

Restricted Namespaces

At the current time, all namespaces except the default namespace are restricted. This means that regular users are only allowed to use tags that already exist within that namespace. New tags may be added to namespaces by tag moderators.

In other words, if sometag is not in the artist namespace and the user tries to tag artist:sometag, the tag will be rejected. If sometag is a valid artist, then the user may tag it in the default namespace and visit this thread to request that a tag moderator move sometag into its proper namespace. If it is not possible to tag sometag in the default namespace - perhaps because it is defaulted to another namespace - then the user may request that a tag moderator add artist:sometag to an appropriate gallery, thereby allowing artist:sometag to be tagged freely thereafter. In order to add a new tag in the default namespace a user needs to have at least 25 Mod Power.



It is also possible to perform searches using the "uploader" namespace. Note that usernames with spaces require quotation marks to surround the name.

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