[drupal-devel] what do you call a rose?

Steve Dondley sdondley at gmail.com
Sat Oct 1 08:22:56 UTC 2005

Hold on a minute.  Let's put things in perspective here with using
Google as a measure.  The "average" internet user is not using the
term "folksonomy".  Web developers are.  And that's the results you
see on Google:  more web developers use the term "folksonomy" than
"free tagging".

But the end-user audience for Drupal is not---or at least should not
be---web developers.  So the question is, not which is more popular
among web developers, but which is easier to grasp by the end-user. 
Your average end-user doesn't use the term "folksonomy" or "free
tagging."   But clearly, "free tagging" is much more accessible than
"folksonomy" to the average user because it uses simple english words.
 Folksonomy is far to abstract to be meaningful.

On 10/1/05, Karoly Negyesi <karoly at negyesi.net> wrote:
> > Categories is much better than taxonomy. It gives the user an idea of
> > what they are.
> Hm, I can see I was writing in too convoluted style: yes categories are
> much better than taxonomy.
> However, I am _not_ sure that free tagging is better than folksonomy. From
> that Google stats I feel the average Internet user are faced a lot more
> with folksonomy than with free tagging. But again, it's entirely possible
> that free tagging is understandable to the average English speaker. I can
> not know.
> Regards
> Karoly Negyesi

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