Duplicate Tag Text not permitted in different Tag Groups

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I have Tag Group called "No." the tag texts are 1,2,3,4,5,6, etc.

I created a General Tag with the tag text 13.

I was then not allowed to create the tag text 13 in the Tag Group called No.

This seems an unecessary rule to me. The Tag Group and Tag text makes it unique. I can't create tag groups which have duplicate texts.

You could have tag groups which such as: Production, Marketing. etc

Where you want duplicate tag texts e.g. director, manager, supervisor, administrator etc.

Does anyone else find this restrictive?
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Hello Andrew

All markers are like this, not just tags. You cannot specify the same icon marker in more than one group either. The reason is that when a marker is stored on a topic, only the marker is stored, and not its group. This means that to identify the group from the marker, markers must be globally unique within the map, so they cannot appear in more than one group. This makes life easier when copying topics from one map to another, which would otherwise lead to the dynamic creation of new marker groups.

Situations like the one you describe can usually be resolved by making marker groups more explicit instead of hybrid. In the example you give, the "Production" group identifies both the Production department and the roles within it. An alternative approach would be a "Departments" group containing Production, Marketing and so on, and a "Roles" group containing Director, Manager etc. So to code a topic as the "Marketing Manager" would require two tags instead of one. This would avoid the need for globally unique tags, and has the advantage that you can see all "Managers" across the map, regardless of which department they are in.

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