Question Tagging files.

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I have noticed some people tag their files like this:
Movie Title (Release Year) (Writer) (Draft Date), and so on.
Why put the Writer's name before the date? I always felt it's easier for browsing purposes to keep the draft date(s) before the Writer.
 
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It's just preference. But there are good reasons for it.

I do it writer-name-first because, aside from the occasional NCP (No Cover Page) copy, there's always a writer, and that's a search parameter. When I have an NCP I look up the writer(s) on IMDb and put it/them into the file name (while also listing it as NCP) to facilitate searching. If no writer is listed anywhere else in the copy, I also include NWL (No Writer Listed) because the copy could be a draft by other writers, but adding a name ahead of it facilitates searches and can aid lookups on the web. I only have a few scripts where I could not put a writer name on a file.

To me draft version and/or draft date comes after writer name because writers are more important to the value of the script than which draft it is. Also, you will have the same writer on many drafts of the same film title (examples - William Monahan on the many drafts out there of Kingdom Of Heaven; and there are at least 19 drafts of Zoolander out there, but, other than 2, they all have the same writers). After you collect for a while you realize that you almost always can put a writer on a file name but, very often, you can't put a draft version/date on file names. There are LOTS of copies out there without dates or versions specified.

Also, page count should immediately follow draft version/date as it relates directly to the version. So putting the writer name after draft AND page count puts the writer's name in, almost, as an after-thought. There are films where different prominent writers turned in their own drafts of the film, but were not credited on the final released version. This is interesting and valuable information to a collection, second-only to title. So, once again, the writer name trumps draft version and date.

What I don't include is the very common [Unspec.] tag. To me that wastes valuable and limited space in the file name, as not inserting it is as good as using it in the file name. It's not needed. I also don't usually like to use the very common [Unprod.] tag, as that compells you to monitor the title for the possibility that it will eventually be produced and the tag has to be removed. These are details that, if you need that much, you should be resorting to web researching anyway. But I also don't put features in one folder/list and TV in another. To me that complicates and slows searches.

Just my 2 cents.
 
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