Tagged Journal Proposal

Benjamin M. Schwartz bmschwar at fas.harvard.edu
Wed Oct 15 20:26:20 EDT 2008

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Eben Eliason wrote:
| Proposal (off the cuff, please poke holes in this): We might beef up
| the HIG in the area of tagging, and even suggest a set of canonical
| tags for various types of content. (Localized, of course.)  Combining
| this with Scott's "path-tags", we might introduce Images/, Videos/,
| Documents/, and Audio/ tags in such a way that we get the best of both
| worlds.  The system can "automatically" file things away in a
| reasonable subdirectory of the Journal, but the kids can always find
| *anything* they've done, in chronological order, by looking in the
| Journal itself (before selecting one of these path-tags as a query).

Please don't conflate a good idea with a bad one.  Activities providing
localized metadata (both tags and key:value pairs) automatically could be
a very good thing.  Even better would be internationalization: if
Activities use specific machine-readable words, then when objects are
passed around, those words can be localized for each user's Journal.

This is completely independent from the "path tags", which would be useful
only when trying to maintain compatibility with non-Journal filesystems,
and are tremendously confusing otherwise.

- --Ben
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