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

Bèr Kessels berdrupal at tiscali.be
Sat Oct 1 11:00:18 UTC 2005

On Friday 30 September 2005 22:20, Dries Buytaert wrote:
> Often, Drupal is setup by a techie, IT department or hosting  
> company.  However, in many cases that techie is not the content  
> creator/maintainer.  So, the user of the administration section is  
> (typically) the content creator/maintainer.  It could be virtually  
> anyone.
Here you 'hit the nail on its head'!
When I create taxonomy trees for a client i call one tree "site categories" 
another one "places" and maybe another one "image galleries".

So, yes /I/ am the one translating the techy interface language towards my 
users. the end users (people reading the latest kernel news, editors adding 
content etcetc) should only read and see what I as developer leave there for 
them: pure non techie terms.

But when I assign an administrator, I tell her/him to read a few entries on 
drupal.org that explain what nodes, users, roles, taxonomy, themes, modules 
etcetc are. He/she needs to know these things to be a successfull admin.

It is like that car: I only drive in it, and do not need to know how the 
engine works, but I /DO/ hope the guy at the garage knows what a piston is, 
and how my engine works.
So calling that piston a 'thingy that makes the engine go vroom' is good 
enough for me. But not for the engineer. Likewise, calling a taxonomy *tree* 
'site categories' is fine, but the administrator, who makes these trees, 
needs to know how the stuff works and thus needs some education, and thus 
will learn what a taxonomy is and does.  Teaching him about 'categories that 
can be hierarchical and interlinked' is harder then telling him to read some 
stuff about 'taxonomies'.


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