critical reading for the rude

notice my taxonomies, yo

Note to self, sorta. My taxonomy — that is, my folksonomy over here on the right hand side of the page — has served fairly well up till now. At the outset, you think you know what your blog is going to be about, so you kind of knock the world into 8 or 20 pieces that look like they mostly cover the scope of what you want to write about. I’ve had to add a few (and that’s the beauty of creating your own subject headings — you don’t have to wait 18 years for the various committees of the AACR to get together and realize that the world has changed and therefore needs new descriptors), change a couple, and now I’m thinking of dropping and combining a few more tags.

I can do that. They’re my tags.

But wait! I’m not an island, and I have to be careful with my choice of tags. When people search technorati for cool artsy infographical stuff, they’re not using “my” terms: info viz. When people look for hidden government info, they’re not searching for “occult”. In the context of my blog, occult means hidden things (a strict definition), which might include a wide variety of subjects. Anyways, it’s time to open up this folksonomy a little, cede (just a tad) to the uni-think of digital maoism, and let my own personal subject headings shift a shade toward standardization and syncretism with the rest of the blogging world.

I’m trading a degree of semantic independence for a degree of findability.

This work will be ongoing, of course, and require periodic adjustments. So if you’re interested, watch that tag cloud.

July 2, 2007 - Posted by | blogs, info sci, search


  1. Do you have “tags” in your tags? What about intuitive tags? This would be a tag that would automatically add the classic “*” at the end of terms, filling in for the searchers lack of boolean logic. What about using the asterik as a tag?

    Comment by Spencer | July 2, 2007 | Reply

  2. Interesting… worth experimenting with, Spencer. I dunno if WordPress has any of that built in to its structure somehow? Or will it literally recognize and asterisk as a meaningful (literal) character??

    Comment by woody3 | July 2, 2007 | Reply

  3. will let you input * and ? as tags, but not !. I wonder what this will do?

    Comment by Spencer | July 2, 2007 | Reply

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