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

Gerhard Killesreiter killesreiter at physik.uni-freiburg.de
Fri Sep 30 17:10:46 UTC 2005

On Fri, 30 Sep 2005, Dries Buytaert wrote:

> On 29 Sep 2005, at 09:21, Karoly Negyesi wrote:
> > "free tagging" has 13,300 results while folksonomy has 1,220,000
> > results according to googlefight. It's not that "free tagging" is
> > bad, it's just that we are creating another barrier. Look at
> > taxonomy vs. categories... it's still more accessible to call it
> > "categories" while the savvy developer know that "Drupal
> > categories" is another name for a rose called "taxonomy". I am
> > ready to admit that "free tagging" is not folksonomy, but again,
> > taxonomy vs. categories. You can say that taxonomy vs. categories
> > is the camel nose in the tent. I will disagree.
> Today, I attended a presentation on 'usability in content management
> systems'.  According to their research, one of the key problems is
> the use of technical jargon and system details/internals being
> exposed to the user.  According to them, the answer to the following
> question should be 'yes':
>    Does the system use natural, non-technical language?
> I tend to agree, and don't regret changing 'taxonomy' to
> 'categories'.  Furthermore, I'm all for renaming 'path alias' to
> 'custom URL'.  I'll continue to commit patches that eliminate
> technical jargon from Drupal.

The problem here is: Who is the user? Is it the admin of a site? Or is it
the user registering on a site. For that latter kind of user I do
agree with you, for admins I do not.

Luckily all my own sites are in German, so I don't _really_ care.


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