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Monday March 14, 2005
12:42 PM

Yet there is method in it.

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I'm puzzled by people who file things in del.icio.us under interesting. If it wasn't interesting, they wouldn't bookmark it in the first place, right ?

Anyway. I understand that the purpose of the free tagging devices like del.icio.us (the tags being free, not necessarily the service) is to try to spontaneously come up with shared and useful meanings for tags, and that it's supposed to work if people just randomly sick in two or three keywords to each item they categorize. -- However, my brain is not wired this way. I need to have a consistent set of tags that I can manage and organize as a whole. Am I doomed ?

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  • Am I doomed?

    Not really.

    The problem is that classification is a very tough problem to solve. You could spend lots of money and lots of time coming up with the one true classification system that will always be right (except when it disagrees with every other classification system that other people have spent lots of time and money developing).

    del.icio.us is a Perlish response: the solution is messy because the problem space is messy. Instead of solving the problem on the scale of 1, 2, or 3 classi

  • There are a few articles about these two opposite approaches, with links (surpise!) somewhere on del.icio.us. My favourite is many 2 many: folksonomies + controlled vocabularies [corante.com]

    It discusses the problem you're having: predefined classifications, AKA "controllled vocabularies", vs. the free tagging as on del.icio.us, aka "folksonomies". Like Ziggy said, people are only starting to grasp how it works, how it should work, how it should evolve.

    The major problem with controlled vocabularies is, and I quote from