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Old 02-23-2011, 01:13 AM   #1
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Convert/Delete Tags Automatically

Is there any way to convert tags as they are downloaded.

I get a lot of tags that mess up my library.

Example:
Sci-fi
Scifi
Science Fiction
Science-Fiction
Sci-fi (General)
Sci-fi (DiscWorld)
Science Fiction (Vampires)

etc....

Is there a way to set up a macro (for lack of a better term) that when these tags are downloaded. They are all renamed to simply "Science Fiction" This would help keep my tag list cleaner and more useful. Thanks.

I would also like to be able to make a list of tags that I don't want, that will be automatically deleted.

Like the following:
"General"
"General & Literary Fiction"
"Other"
"Misc"

As these seem to be completely useless.

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Old 02-23-2011, 03:49 AM   #2
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This way will clear the tags from a list (and books):
Pick a book with only tags you will KEEP.
Open the Metadata editor (blue i)
To the right of Tags, there is a buttonTag editor)
Select the ones you wish to 'bin'
use the recycle button on the left
Alternate: (and IMHO better because it will re-tag to something you wnt):

Use the Tag Browser:
Right click on an un-desired tag name:
'Rename' ( if to an already existing name: it will not double tag if you got the spelling and case correct)
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:47 AM   #3
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A more automated approach could be done with a plugin. For instance in my goodreads metadata download i put in place a hardcoded mapping between what values it could supply as tags and a smaller subset of tag names within calibre. A a more general approach across multiple metadata sources is an idea I have had for a while but it would require an extra step in your process as a plugin. ie hit ctrl d to get the tags then another keyboard shortcut or menu option to clean them up. The idea being that you would define in a similar way to goodreads but with a gui the mappings so all your sci fi variants go to a single Science Fiction tag for instance. Anything not defined in your list of mappings would get discarded.

A number of people disable tags because they are too random for their liking. His approach might give a better working subset. If it sounds of interest then post it in the plugin ideas thread.
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