This thread is designed to discuss some possible way to integrate them, and just what they should be.
The current thinking is to add a 'Keywords' box under the vote area, under the screenshot on a levels page. All the keywords for a map will be listed there and registered members will be able to add / edit the tags.
People should also be able to 'browse' or search based on keywords as well.
The keywords should not be things like: CTF, Space Map, Single player or 'Has a video' as these are already covered.
The keywords should be things like: No bots, BFG, Cell shading, Exploding barrels, Snow, Rain, Flight power-up, anything else that can be used to describe a feature of the map.
OR.... maybe the keywords should be grouped into things: Theme / environment, Power-ups, Weapons, Other.
Any ideas? These are just mine but I'm more than happy to hear from others.
The keywords should be more like your second example, themes/env, weapons, power-ups, so we could like make a search of maps with snow in it or other idea theme that we are looking for in a map. My personal opinion, maybe the others have some better idea. But we would also need a fixed list of these keywords before deciding on which map to tag them.
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I think that should cover most of the maps on ..::LvL. Stuff like "snow" wouldn't really count as that is more of an environmental thing put on top of a basic design. For example Arctica may have lots of snow but it still has a tech style, and there are gothic-themed maps with snow too. Same goes for space, cell-shading, terrain, etc. I guess in that case though, subcategories might do well. And of course we should be able to put a map under more than one tag, since some arenas combine tech with gothic, etc.
Just my two cents.
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now i'll brainstorm some more :)
This may make things a lot clearer as the keywords will be describing aspects of the map - the game mode and player count fits into that grouping.
I'm all for including a 'Texture' group as well.
For the level author made textures, the keyword could be 'Personal', 'Custom', or 'Author made', or even the authors name, as the authors textures sometimes end up in another map.
For people to contribute keywords it might be best to have predefined keywords to select from as much as is possible in order to avoid inconsistency/bad spelling/bad grammar/stupid crap. Some keywords would obviously still have to be user defined though.
Map sizes could be added with tiny, small, medium, large and huge options to select from.
Searching parameters could also include searching within a range of overall map ratings.
Encouraging reviewers to add all this information with the submitted review can make the map pages complete from the start.
The Weapons, Items and maybe even Bots lines will have corresponding images, not words. Also, this is a mock-up, so the details are NOT correct for this map :]
The Edit keywords line will only appear if you are logged in as well.
There is no 'Mod' group as I think that falls under the 'Game type' heading. Do others think the same?
For themes: Are themes something that users get to type in and use, or do they have to select from a predetermined list? I'm kind of hoping it's the latter, so people can't go and troll around with it and use weird theme tags. But that's up to you though.