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First, HUGE props to the people who've worked so hard to create this forum. EE desperately needs (and deserves) a community like this.

Wondering if any of you have experience with Twitter-style hashtagging in EE? I found an old 1.x extension called Twagger that does it. But it has not been ported to EE 2.

I really want to streamline the tagging process in SafeCracker.

If I can't find a 2.x extension that will do this, I'd be interested in contracting someone to do it for me.

  • Thanks for the feedback :) Just a heads up that if nothing exists already, this isn't a good place to find a developer to build it for you (try Twitter, EE jobs forum, and possibly Reddit or LinkedIn, in that order). – Adrian Macneil Jan 17 '13 at 5:26
  • Thank you for that, Adrian. Honestly, I don't mean to be dense, but when it comes to EE, it seems I'm ALWAYS a freaking idiot... Why is this a poor place to find devs? Especially now that Ellis killed the jobs forum? And I wouldn't have the first idea about how to find an able/willing EE guru on Twitter. – JJ. Jan 17 '13 at 6:10
  • I need to make a correction to my original post. Twagger does not perform the way I thought it did. It's close-ish to what I'm looking for, but a direct 1.X to 2.X conversion won't work. – JJ. Jan 17 '13 at 6:32
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    JJ - Adrian's comment is regarding the rules of the StackExchange network overall, which this ExpressionEngine Answers site is a part of. It is a Q&A site - asking specific questions which are answerable on-site. It's not for general discussion. See the FAQ. – Derek Hogue Jan 17 '13 at 13:15
  • Did you find the solution already? If not, I'd be willing to develop something like that. My email is in profile. – Yuri Salimovskiy Jan 23 '13 at 14:41
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While being not really tagging solution, Crosslinking might be of some help to you.

(As mentioned above, you need to be more specific to get good answers to your questions)

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I'm not certain if I fully understand what you want. Are you looking for a 'tagging' solution, where people can enter tags from the front end (regardless of hash, but provides a filter for posts) or are you looking for something that converts #keywords to links, if someone used one anywhere in a post?

If you want tags to be filters, look at Solspace's Tag or DevDemon's Tagger. Either will provide a good system for dealing with tags.

If you want a system that replaces #keywords, with links. Then you'll want to use a Find and Replace plugin against the body or main text field. Something like 'Low Replace' should work. You'd still want either Tag or Tagger to do the processing.

So you would do something like:

<!-- Note: Find words with a hashtag (#) and encase with a url to the tag processing page -->
{exp:low_replace find="#\w+" replace="<a href=\"/tags/tag/#\w+\">#\w+</a>" regex="yes"}
  {post_body}
{/exp:low_replace}

My regex use is atrocious. So don't expect that to work as is. I work with another programmer, who just smirks, when he sees my regex, which I kindly place a note on, and he fixes. So maybe a kind soul here will do that as well.

But the find and replace will swap out any #keyword within the body and make it a link. The link would then point to a page being handled by Tag or Tagger or even search. In fact, if the items should be found from any body field, you may wish to use the search function.

I find the tag functions of Tag and Tagger work best in a single, pre-defined field or using their built in tagging method. No hashtags needed. The user just adds keywords/tags at the end of a post.

Yuri's CrossLinking might allow you to get rid of the regex find and replace. So you may want to look at that as well.

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