If we allowed unlimited tags then we would have useless tags pages. It would be a neverending competition to see who could tag the most to get their posts at the top. This would be a very bad thing. So we picked a number which we thought would be reasonable.
To some, a couple of tags per post would be reasonable, to others 20 would not be enough. (There was a post I saw on a blog which had more tags than words in it). So no number would be good enough for everyone.
Every day someone reports a blog for overtagging. When the blog is checked one of 2 things happens:
- if other posts show that overtagging is common through the blog then a notice is set in the blog for the owner to get in touch. Sometimes they may not know how to use tags.
- if the post is a one-off overtagging then nothing will be done. (There was a blog reported late last week which used every tag/term/word/phrase in their 4th July post.)
If a blog really did overtag and just would not stop then removal from tags pages could happen but you'd really have to work at it for that to happen.
Throwing lots of tags at every post will switch people off - just because you think a tag you use is related does not mean anyone else will.
A Mature blog will not show in tags. If you are not sure if your blog is, either use the form in the right of the admin bar to send a report in - do a Report as Mature and just ask. Nothing happens automatically so using that form is fine. Or contact Support. We'll tell you if you are and if you are tell you why.
But limiting the tags isn't a way to limit blogs or expression. It's a way to ensure that there is a level playing field for everyone.