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01/09/2005 Entry: "Folksonomies"

I'm still reading, but I'm not sure why eveyrone is so het up about folksonomies.

EDIT (but still reading): Okay, based on SlashDot and this, I think this:

1. Folksonomy is making words mean whatever the user wants instead of adhering to some kind of established standard. Eh, okay.

2. French is bad because every year the French Academy decides what new words get to be in it. This makes French a stagnant language. I disagree; French and even Latin are keeping up with the times. (Although the Lexicon Recentis Latinitatis is unlikely to become a "liber maxime divenditus" - or best-seller, it's still somebody's baby. Also see this Economist article.)

3. Folksomonies will cause the web to dissolve into chaos because there is no standard and no control. I wonder; if English hasn't dissolved into chaos yet, the web's chances of survival are pretty good, too.

4. Unlucky number, must skip.

5. The main objection I can find to folksomonies is that if someone names one picture "cat" and another picture "feline", a search for cat is going to pull up on the "cat" tagged pictures. So what? In the millions of cat-tagged pictures out there, is anyone really going to miss the feline-tagged ones?

6. I can see why this would bother developers, information specialists, linguists and people in similar fields but, as we know, only the strong survive and folksomonies might or might not last. I wonder about it, because without a solid structure under them, folkdsomonies (like languages with no writing, chalk drawings, and ice sculptures) probably won't last.

EDIT: Sigh, had to stop reading because I was getting webpages (linked from /. comments) that were triggering my anti-virus software. Later for that, geeks.

 

 

 

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