Graham Posted November 8, 2020 Share Posted November 8, 2020 Do contributors regularly keyword for plurals, even when the subject is clearly only singular? My understanding is that Alamy does not use stemming, so that singulars and plurals are separate keywords, and we are encouraged by Alamy in contributor guidelines not to use plurals for singular subjects. The recent Alamy twitter feed notes that a client is looking for “Seniors using modern technology”. The accompanying photograph, however, shows a single old lady with headphones. Presumably keywording this image in accordance with Alamy guidelines would result in the tag of “senior” but not “seniors”, as a result of which the image would not, presumably, have matched the particular search phrase Alamy has quoted. This reminds me that last year Alamy said that its most common search was for “Landscapes”, although I cannot imagine that many people would use the plural as a tag ordinarily. While I do sometimes do use plural forms for singular subjects, generally I try not to, not least to keep the number of tags down. But seeing this image request from Alamy does make me wonder whether in fact I ought routinely to be using plurals even for singularly subjects. This would not be necessary were Alamy to use stemming in their search engine, but I have not seen anything that suggests there are any plans to do so (unless I have missed something, which is very possible). Graham Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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