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Newgrounds Wiki: Tagging

Tags are keywords that give you a list of content associated with a specific word. Movies and games have up to four tags to attract the most appropriate audience. Please considering these guidelines when tagging your submissions:
  • Avoid tags describing the genre (e.g. action, puzzle, drama) as they'll be covered by the submission's genre selection.
  • Tags for subject matter tend to work best as plural. For example, "zombies", "cats" and "sticks" are more common than "zombie", "cat" or "stick" would be as search terms.
  • Merge phrases into one word vs splitting into multiple tags. For example, "Metal Gear" should be tagged as "metalgear" and not individual "metal" and "gear" tags. If a piece of a name is iconic enough, it may work as one word such as "schwarzenegger" for Arnold Schwarzenegger or "zelda" for Legend of Zelda.
  • If a phrase contains at least three words and is iconic as an acronym, you may attempt an acronym. Otherwise, spell it out. "worldofwarcraft" gives people a lot more information that "wow", for example.
  • Viewers are very likely to browse tags by the style of flash such as "sprites", "sticks", "clay" and "fbf" so it's best if any flashes containing a particular style are tagged with the appropriate description.
  • Any submissions based on a certain subject such as a movie, video game or a celebrity should have the tag listing the relevant topic at hand. It's also a good idea to tag any characters that are featured in the submission such as "luigi" for any Mario spoofs or "darthvader" for Star Wars.
  • Tags that describe the location and atmosphere of the content are useful. Viewers are likely to browse by the environment the content takes place in such as "fantasy" for anything medieval related and "space" for anything that sets in space. It's also a good idea to tag submissions by specific locations they take place in including "america", "england" and "japan".
  • If the submission is a music video, be sure to list the music genre (e.g. "rap" or "rock"). It's also a good idea to give the submission a tag for the musical artist and song name, if those names won't cause confusion with other popular tags.
  • Events and contests often involve a tag that starts with the event name and ends with the year of that event. Examples of annual events include "picoday2010", "halloween2010", "winter2010", "madnessday2010" and "clockday2010".

Popular Content Description Tags

sticks - Anything with stick figures.

stickfight - Anything where stick figures are fighting.

zombies - Anything with zombies.

clay - Claymation.

stopmotion - Any stop motion, including claymation.

fbf - Anything that showcases impressive frame-by-frame animation.

videogames - Something that is a reference to a video game franchise, such as a Mario parody. You should also tag with the specific game title as one word, such as mario, megaman, metalgear, etc.

Popular Game Description Tags

physics - Any game that incorporates a physics engine.

flixel, stencyl, flashpunk, thegamesfactory2 - Any game made with one of these platforms.

artgame - A game that attempts to convey a message, elicit an emotion or create a memorable experience outside of traditional gaming.

remover - A physics game where you remove objects to make other objects fall into place. Examples include Red Remover and Totem Destroyer.

spawnkill - A game where enemies keep spawning and you keep killing them, without much level design beyond that.

topdown - Any game where the camera is looking directly down on your player.