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Tag Schema Discussion

I'm hoping to get some better ideas regarding tag schema from your discussion and comments here. What tag schema do you like to use? As a calibre noob recently, it took me weeks to get acquainted with using tags.

Here's the tag schema I'm using now.


Code:

Genre Abbreviation Key
(Font should be monospaced)
------------------------------------------------------

It's helpful to use abbreviated tags to be able to 
see them all at once in calibre's Library View. 
Performance is improved using fewer and 
more applicable tags, rather than hundreds that 
apply each only to a few books. It's good 
to replace the original tags with better tags 
just after adding books to a library.

Prefix sort in calibre is     .a, (, [, noPrefix, zABC
Calibre doesn't like these    {, |, ^, #
Excel doesn't like these      +, -, =, /, *, ?


MetaTags  Book categories or other info
--------  -----------------------------
(TR)      To Read
[CU]      Clean-Up of format is necessary
[OM]      Omnibus, contains 2 or more books
[OMin]    Omnibus has it, it's not an eBook in itself
[P]       Physical book is owned, paperback or hc
[SS]      Short Stories or story, single-author
[SSma]    Short Stories, multi-author collection
          (above sort after .genre 1st Level in LibView)
zABC      Source of eBook  (sorts to end in LibView)


Genre Tags
-------------------
# Ltrs    Tag Level
------    ---------
.1        1st Level  (sorts to start of tags in LibView)
2         2nd Level
3         3rd Level
-------------------

Tag       Genre
------    ---------
.a        adventure fiction
.e        erotic fiction
.f        sf, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, horror
.l        literature/mainstream fiction
.m        mystery fiction
.r        romance fiction
.w        western fiction
.z        suspense fiction
.n        non-fiction
.p        poetry or plays (drama)

ac        action (eg, .f or .a or .z)
fn        fantasy (eg, .f or .r)
hr        horror (eg, .f or .z)
pr        paranormal (eg, .f or .r)
sf        science fiction (eg, .f or .z)
cr        crime (eg, .n or .z)
lg        legal (eg, .n or .z)
md        medical (eg, .n or .z)
cm        computer-related (eg, .f or .z or .n)
hx        history
sc        science
ya        for Young Adult
yc        for Young Child

fae       faerie, elf, dwarf, magical creature
mgc       magic, particularly interesting magic system
vmp       vampire
shf       shifter, were-animal
wch       witch
zmb       zombie
awd       award
bio       biography (including autobiography)
mil       military, war, combat (eg, .f or .n)
ref       reference
wri       writing as a subject
          +other subjects of interest
xcn       contemporary, modern
xvc       victorian
xdw       edwardian
xmd       medieval
xrm       roman
xgr       greek
          + other hx periods of interest
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