Shaking up the category tree
michael at openmoko.org
Thu Sep 11 20:24:14 CEST 2008
Minh Ha Duong wrote:
> Building upon Ferenc's work, I just went trough some reorganization of the
> category tree. Notes:
> - Trying to keep the tree only one levels deep: categories and subcategories.
> - Trying to fit with the implicit mental model that people had in mind when
> tagging the pages.
(I took the liberty of ^shacking^shaking^)
Not sure this is a good idea, since the existing category structure may
have been quite a mess at the time of tagging, forcing people to
categorize in less than ideal ways. Also we have observed that even
well-meaning authors don't always categorize well.
Better, I think, is to come up with a category scheme top-down, then
visit each page and rationalize relative to our category scheme.
> That implies "Intended Audience" and "Maturity Level" (words borrowed from
> Freshmeat classification), and "Distributions" as top-level categories.
> - I see "Community" more as "Social groups" than "Everything that is not
> Openmoko Inc.". So I want to move "Openmoko Inc." there too.
Not sure I agree with this. What will A visitor to our website expect to
see under "Community"? I don't think they're looking only for social
groups; primarily, they are looking for community contributions, either
to access or to contribute to.
I would expect the community category to include local groups and user
contributed projects, instructions on how to get involved, etc..
> - I want to rename "Technical" to something like "Environment"
Hmm. What goes in here? Isn't almost everything technical? I think this
category is meaningless.
> - I want to rename "Hardware" to something like "Functional subsystem"
I might go along with this, but I'd like to understand your thinking.
What goes in here?
If people think of this as "hardware" then best to use the common name.
> - "Software" can go
Agreed. Too big a category. Pretty much everything that isn't explicitly
hardware or social groups becomes software. A category that is
"everything else" is not a valid category, IMHO. Was this your thinking?
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