Tagging is a useful feature in today’s world, whether it be used in blogs, music, and even games. It helps identify and refine the search process. An “RPG” tag allows those searching for an RPG game to get the results they want. However, now it looks like some users have gotten carried away tagging games on Valve’s Steam platform. They are abusing the Steam Tags feature.
As an example titles like Gone Home were tagged with a “not a game” tag; Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP even had a “hipster garbage” tag; and Indie Game: The Movie with “Phil Fish sucks”. Funny? Yes. Helpful? No. So Valve has made an announcement that they will be doing something about it in an update that will hopefully lead to these tags disappearing for good, or at least they will be reduced by quite a bit. The update allows users to flag tags, with a flag icon placed next to a tag. This will inform Valve if the tag is offensive or abusive, not appropriate, not helping, or if it contains a spoiler.
It sounds like a good plan. Valve will review the flag and determine if the tag should be removed or stay. It will make it easier to keep everything organized for gamers to find.