Subject: Re: tagging for dummies?
Date: Friday 22nd February 2008 17:27:02 UTC (over 9 years ago)
Not sure if this helps or not, but both tags and categories provide the user with topic-focused views of your blog. PyBlosxom has categories by default. You can consider categories to be a special-case of tags. With categories, every entry belongs to one and only one category. With tags, every entry can belong to one or more tags. For example, with categories I could write a blog entry about Oceans 11 and put it under a "movies" category in my blog. With tags, I could tag that entry with "movies", but since the entry talks about Oceans 11, I could also tag it with "goodmovies" because I liked it and "GeorgeClooney" because I like writing entries about George Clooney and this movie has him in it and also "LasVegas" because it happens in Vegas and I write a lot of entries that talk about Las Vegas.... If I'm using categories, then a user looking at my blog sees the list of categories I have and that's how they can navigate to topics they're interested in. This works for both HTML/browser-view templates as well as RSS/feed type templates. If I'm using tags, then a user looking at my blog can see the list of all the tags that I've used and have a much finer-grain list of topics my blog covers. Assuming my use of tags is rich enough, the user has a much higher chance of finding entries they're interested in without wading through stuff they're not interested in. Additionally, it's easier for me as a blogger to tag all the entries that relate to a specific topic like "Python" or "politics" or "New Hampshire" and thus provide topic-specific views on my blog for these more specific topics. This also works for both HTML/browser-view templates as well as RSS/feed type templates. So... the big question is if categories are a special-case of tags and tags are more useful, why does PyBlosxom come with category support by default and require plugins for tags support? The issue here is that PyBlosxom stores things on the file system and the directory of the entry is the category which forces us into a one category per entry invariant. Akkana--does that help clear things up? /will Edgar Luna wrote: > (Whoops used anoter account) > > On Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 12:29 AM, Akkana Peck