Same Tag / Different Groups

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I’d like to be able to use the same tag in multiple tag groups to represent a RACI analysis. My example:

Tag Group 1: Responsible (R)
Tags:
EA
Service Delivery

Tag Group 2: Accountable (A)
Tags:
EA
Service Delivery

Tag Group 3: Consult (C)
Tags:
EA
Service Delivery

I receive the following error message when adding the tag “EA” to Tag Group “Accountable” (after adding “EA” to the group “Responsible”): ‘This text marker already exists in the marker list. Please choose a different text marker.’

What can I do (besides use different abbreviations to represent the same tag in each group)? Why should MindManger care - filtering on the tag is actually useful when in multiple groups?
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joeinserra24

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  • trying....

Posted 6 years ago

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Michael Deutch, Official Rep

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You're right on both counts. Currently there is no way to have the same tag in multiple groups. I agree with your sentiment completely and will add this to our product queue.
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Isn't the rationale for this restriction the fact that there would be no easy way to tell on the map which specific group a tag belongs to, if there are identical tags in two or more groups?
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@Joe: Is there a reason not to use more than one tag on a topic? You could have Group 1 containing 3 mutex tags "Responsible", "Accountable" and "Consult". Then have Group 2 (maybe non-mutex) containing the tags "EA" and "Service Delivery". A topic could be marked with one tag from each, e.g. "Responsible" and "EA". You could use the Power Filter to find all topics which are both Responsible and EA, or a different filter for topics which are EA across all Group 1 values.

@Alex: yes, this is the reason. MindManager only stores the tag name, and not the group name as well. It is the same for other types of marker too; all markers in a map must be globally unique. There are implications for the Power Filter feature in removing this restriction for text markers.

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