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How can I assign topics (tags) to related ideas?

Eric -

In Dialogue, your admins can assign topics (also referred to as tags) to ideas to help you with your analysis by letting you easily see which ideas fall into the same topic. These topics can also be searched by your site visitors, making it easier for them to find all the ideas which are relevant or of interest them or to check if their particular idea has already been posted.

The instructions below detail how to assign topics to ideas and then how users can search using topics.


Assigning topics to ideas

Step 1

Once you are logged in, head the Administration page by using the link at the top of the homepage.

image of the homepage with the Administration link circled in red



Step 2

From here, click on the title of the challenge which contains the ideas you wish to tag. From the challenge's dashboard you can browse the ideas submitted to it by clicking on the Browse ideas link.

image of the challenge dashboard with browse ideas link circled in red

Top tip: To save time, you may wish to assign topics to ideas whilst you are moderating them. In this case, follow the 'Moderate ideas' link, do your moderation and assign topics at the same time following the instructions below (more advice on how to moderate ideas can be found in this article).


Step 3

Select the idea you'd like to assign a topic to. Once in the idea page, use the Add a Tag section to assign topics relevant to that idea. Make sure you separate each new topic with a comma.

i.e. sports, recreation

image of the tag/topic section of the idea page with the current tags, ratings and add a tag box

When adding topics into the Add a Tag box, Dialogue will offer suggestions for topics already created for other ideas within that challenge. This will help you to identify which ideas can be assigned the same topic if they relate to one another.


Current Tags displays the topics which have already been assigned to that idea. The little red cross which can be seen next to the topics can be used to delete the topic if it is no longer suitable.

image of the add a tag box with some topics already added

Top tip: You can review the full list of tags that have been assigned to all ideas within your challenge by selecting "Moderate Tags" from the menu (found within Administration > Challenges > Selecting the title of the relevant challenge). The size of the tag displayed reflects how many ideas it has been added to within the challenge.


Using topics to search for related ideas

Once ideas have been assigned topics, these can then be used as a filter to find other ideas with the same topic. This can be done using the Search and Filter button on the public challenge page.

image of the public side of Dialogue with the search and filter link circled in red


The search will expand from the right hand side of the screen, displaying each of the topics which have been assigned to ideas within that challenge (up to a maximum of 20). Users can then use those topics to filter the ideas, or they can choose to search for any term they wish by using the text box.

If more than 20 different tags have been assigned to ideas in the challenge, the bar on the right hand side of the screen will display the top 20 most frequently applied tags. Site visitors can find the other less-used tags by using the search text box.

image of the search and filter section opened on the right hand side of the page showing all topics currently assigned to that challenge and a text box for a free-text search