! tags are, with the exception of the !needs a tag tag, only to be used by the mods.
!mod post: self-explanatory.
!needs a tag: use this if you can't find an existing tag to suit your needs. if you don't know how to tag it, just leave the field blank and one of the mods will get around to doing it for you (:
!rules: the rules posts. again, self-explanatory. make sure you have a look over them before you post!
& tags are to only be used by mods. requests should go in the request post, and any sales should be tagged with other: sales.
&birthday post: to be used whenever a birthday post is posted. you should not be posting birthday posts directly to the comm - those go in the comments instead!
&master post: to be used as deemed fit by the mods.
&request post: the community request masterpost.
&request update post: the weekly updates for new requests.
&sales post: the monthly sales posts.
the * tags are optional - you can use them if you wish but it's no big deal if you don't want to either. just remember, there's no need to use all of them if your post has content involving news as a group! they're pretty obvious so I'm not going to go through them.
the advertisement: tags should be used for any sort of advertisement, whether it be a community, a forum, or anything else.
advertisement: community: this tag applies only to livejournal communities.
advertisement: fan project: this tag should be used whenever you're advertising a fan project, or trying to coordinate one, such as a twitter trending event or a post card/email/letter campaign.
advertisement: fanmeet: this tag should be used whenever you're advertising a real-life get-together in a specific location (such as a convention).
advertisement: other: anything else that isn't specified in the other tags should be tagged with this. this includes memes, forums, radios, fanlistings and other such things. please remember that as per the no-fic rule, fic meme ads are not allowed!
advertisement: role-play: this covers all livejournal-based role-play ads.
the concerts: tags cover any media to do with a concert itself. news of a concert should be tagged with the news: concerts tag instead.
concerts: fan audio: this should be used when posting audio either recorded at a concert or ripped off a fancam.
concerts: fan cam: this should be used when posting video recorded by you or another fan, i.e. not professionally recorded.
concerts: fan report: this should be used when posting concert reports, whether your own or anyone else's.
concerts: goods: this should be used when posting photos, previews, or news of available goods at a concert.
the fanworks: tags cover anything made by a fan and not officially released.
fanwork: audio manips: this should be used for any sort of musical variation you have made of a song, whether that be an instrumental, a chipmunk version, a music box version or otherwise.
fanwork: banners: this covers any sort of banner graphic.
fanwork: cell themes: this should be used for any sort of cellphone theme.
fanwork: fanart: this covers both hand-drawn fanart and photo manips.
fanwork: fanfiction: pretty self-explanatory. this tag should not be used, as per the rules no fanfic is allowed and this tag is merely there for archival purposes.
fanwork: fanvid: this covers any sort of fan video you have made.
fanwork: gifs: this is pretty self-explanatory. make sure to lock your posts if you're using this tag!
fanwork: handmade: this is used for any sort of handmade or sewn good, such as a bag or a t-shirt or a plushie.
fanwork: headers: this covers any sort of Livejournal (or otherwise) header graphic.
fanwork: icons: this is used for icons. remember that a batch of 8 icons, 3 banners, 3 gifs or 1 wallpaper is needed for the post to be allowed!
fanwork: macros: this is also self-explanatory. macros are also known as demotivational posters (depending on the type), memes, or funny picture edits.
fanwork: other: this covers everything else that doesn't fall under one of the other fanwork: tags.
fanwork: ringtones: this should be used when posting any song or other audio clip edited in order to be used as a phone ring tone. remember to lock your posts!
fanwork: wallpaper: this is also pretty self-explanatory.
the language: tags are also really obvious so I'm not going to explain each one either. if your language is missing, just leave us a note and use the !needs a tag tag and one of the mods will add one for you asap. :D
the lyrics: tags cover anything to do with lyrics, original japanese or otherwise.
lyrics: kanji: this should be used for the original kanji lyrics.
lyrics: romaji: this should be used for original kanji lyrics transcribed into romaji.
lyrics: sheet music: this should be used when posting any sort of sheet music, whether from Young Song or self-transcribed. this also covers guitar tabs.
lyrics: translated: this should be used for translated lyrics.
the music: tags cover anything to do with auditory media. news about upcoming musical releases should be tagged with the appropriate news: tag instead.
music: albums: this should be used when posting any audio media related to an album, whether by NewS, Tegomass, or Yamapi.
music: individual song: not to be mixed up with music: solo, this is used when uploading random tracks, such as a collection of single b-sides or a group of live rips from old shokura performances.
music: live rip: this should be used when posting any sort of rip from a performance, such as a concert, a shounen club episode, a TV appearance or otherwise.
music: other: this covers anything that doesn't fall under any of the other tags.
music: preview: this should be used for those short little glimpses we get of new songs, whether from radio shows, TV ads, or elsewhere.
music: singles: this should be used when posting any audio media related to a single.
the news: tags (okay, this is where it gets kinda confusing) deal with news about the boys. any kind of news should be tagged according to the type of news that it is.
news: appearances: this should be used for any tv shows, events, festivals, etc. that any of the news members (or them as a group) will be appearing at. this does include TV shows that they will be guesting and performing on!
news: cms: this should be used for any info about advertising campaigns that the group or any member are participating in.
news: dramas: this should be used for any info about a TV drama (or drama special) that a member is appearing in.
news: news & info: this should be used for any information about activities, updates about the members (i.e. if one is sick or injured) and other such stuff.
news: other: this should be used for anything that does not fit into any of the other news: tags.
news: ranking & sales: this should be used for any posts such as sales figures for an album, or ranking of the members (such as "Yamapi is the xth most good looking male in Japan!").
news: releases: this should be used in regards to all releases, whether it be a single, album, or DVD.
news: rumors: this should be used for any rumor that is not confirmed with a legitimate source.
news: voting: this should be used for any type of poll containing NEWS or one of their members that requires people to vote in it.
the other: tags are for everything else that doesn't really have a category!
other: other: this tag should be used for any post that does not fit any of the other tags.
other: petitions: this should be used for any sort of petition that requires signatures
other: picspams: this should be used for any sort of picture spam. remember to lock your posts if using this tag!
other: questions: self explanatory.
other: sales: this should be used for sales that fall under the exceptions (as per the rules) only. any other sales should be posted in the monthly sales post, found at the &sales post tag!
the radio: tags deal with everything to do with a radio show.
radio: k-chan news: this should be used for anything regarding Koyama's K-chan News.
radio: master hits: this should be used for anything regarding Massu's Master Hits
radio: other: for everything else radio-related.
the scans: tags should deal with anything image related. (I chose the prefix: scans just because it seemed the most appropriate, however screencaps etc. belong here as well!) Any post with one of the scans: tags should be locked.
scans: albums: this should be used for any scans from a CD album.
scans: calendar: this should be used for any scans of a NEWS calendar.
scans: dvds: for any scans from a DVD
scans: magazine (only★star): for any scans from the magazine Only★Star
scans: magazine (duet): for any scans from the magazine Duet
scans: magazine (myojo): for any scans from the magazine Myojo
scans: magazine (other): for any scans from a magazine that is not otherwise listed
scans: magazine (popolo): for any scans from the magazine Popolo
scans: magazine (potato): for any scans from the magazine Potato
scans: magazine (seventeen): for any scans from the magazine Seventeen
scans: magazine (songs): for any scans from the magazine Songs
scans: magazine (the television): for any scans from the magazine The Television
scans: magazine (TV fan): for any scans from the magazine TV Fan
scans: magazine (TV guide): for any scans from the magazine TV Guide
scans: magazine (TV pia): for any scans from the magazine TV Pia
scans: magazine (wink-up): for any scans from the magazine Wink-Up
scans: other: for any scans, photos, or anything else image-related that does not belong in any of the other categories
scans: pamphlets: for scans of concert pamphlets, etc.
scans: paparazzi photos: for scans or photos of paparazzi pictures (i.e. unofficial photos)
scans: photobooks: for scans of photobooks, whether of dramas, stageplays or otherwise
scans: screencaps: for screencaps of any sort, of any NEWS-related video
scans: shop photos: for scans of officially released JE shop photos
scans: singles: for scans related to music singles
scans: you & J: for scans of the You & J booklets
the translations: tags are used for translations, in any language, of any media. if translating into a language other than english, please use one of the language: tags in conjunction.
translations: 0409: for translations of Yamapi's 0409 features in Seventeen magazine
translations: aoi hitorigoto: for translations of Shige's Aoi Hitorigoto essays in Myojo magazine
translations: magazine article: for translations of any magazine featuring one or all of the members
translations: nikki: for translations of any nikki (journal) entry by a member
translations: other: for anything that doesn't fit in the other categories
translations: photoshigenic: for translations of Shige's Photoshigenic features in Wink-Up magazine
translations: radio show: for translations of any radio show
translations: scanslations: for any scanslation - this means that the text has been reedited and typeset to the translated language. manga scanslations are an example of this. this can be used in conjunction with any of the translations: tags.
each category of the video: tags will have two subsets: (raw) and (subbed). (raw) tags are for videos without any subs, and (subbed) tags are for videos that include subs, whether they be hardsubs or softsubs. if using one of the video: tags, don't forget to lock your post!
video: cm (raw): for raw commercials
video: cm (subbed): for subbed commercials
video: concert (raw): for raw footage of any concert, whether in full or in part
video: concert (subbed): for subbed concert footage
video: countdown (raw): for raw footage of the annual New Year's Countdown concert
video: countdown (subbed): for subbed Countdown footage
video: drama (raw): for raw drama episodes featuring one or more NEWS members
video: drama (subbed): for subbed drama episodes
video: other (raw): for raw footage of any video that doesn't belong in any of the other categories
video: other (subbed): for subbed footage that doesn't belong anywhere else
video: performance (raw): for raw performances i.e. on a music show, but for concerts and shounen club performances those should be tagged with their respective tags only.
video: performance (subbed): for subtitled performances.
video: pv (raw): for raw PVs (promotional videos).
video: pv (subbed): for subtitled PVs
video: shounen club (raw): this tag covers any and all segments of Shounen Club episodes, including Shounen Club Premium and any performances done by a NEWS member guesting on the show.
video: shounen club (subbed): the same as above, just subbed.
video: TV show (raw): this covers any TV show that any of the members may appear on, such as Mezamashi. This also includes music shows such as Music Station, although posts with performances from appearances on music shows should also be tagged with a video: performance tag as appropriate.
video: TV show (subbed): the same as above, just subbed!
any tag beginning with a ♔ should not be used! they are merely there as placeholders until the retagging is done, so please don't use them. (:
If you have any questions about the definition of any of the tags, or suggestions for new ones, please feel free to mention them in the comments! Thank you :D