[drupal-devel] A Folksonomy module

Julian Bond julian_bond at voidstar.com
Wed Mar 9 09:52:38 UTC 2005

Dries Buytaert <dries at buytaert.net> Wed, 9 Mar 2005 08:49:33
>I'm open for patches that extend or rework core's taxonomy module.  As 
>explained in my previous e-mail, there is room for folksonomies (tags) 
>in the taxonomy module.  It might take more thought and work to extend 
>or refactor parts of the taxonomy module but it is going to pay off.

I've just reworked my code to get rid of a folksonomy_realm table and 
use vocabulary instead. It all works with one small addition to 
taxonomy.module. taxonomy_form(), taxonomy_form_all(), 
taxonomy_node_form() really need a check so that they only return 
something for $vocabulary->module=='taxonomy' in the same way as in 
taxonomy_overview() The new forum module avoids this by only associating 
forum vocabularies with node->type=='forum'. But a folksonomy vocabulary 
would provide it's own form field and would be used on node types that 
also have categories.

Perhaps this is overloading the module field. I can imagine a module 
that needed it's own admin but used taxonomy's form fields.

>(Julian, if you decide to go with your own version of the folksonomy 
>module, know that it might be difficult to upgrade later on.)

Noted ;-)

>> I've been looking at a similar idea to re-use the taxonomy module for 
>>a folksonomy. It looks to me like almost every function in taxonomy
>> would have to be modified or replaced. And I don't think taxonomy
>> would cope well with the target of 1000 tags in a folksonomy
>> vocabulary.
>Why is that?  Can you provide us some examples?  It would certainly 
>help us grasp the challenges.

This 1000 tag thing. I've found vocabularies with a tree of 100 tags a 
bit awkward to use. The Admin vocab overview gets very long and the few 
places where you have all tags for a vocab in a combo box will also get 
awkward to use.

I'm progressively using more and more of taxonomy as is. At the moment, 
I'm replacing

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