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Fans Are Better Than Tech at Organizing Information Online
Fans tag the content, but then -- volunteers consolidate and aggregate those tags:
On AO3, users can put in whatever tags they want. (Autocomplete is there to help, but they don't have to use it.) Then behind the scenes, human volunteers look up any new tags that no one else has used before and match them with any applicable existing tags, a process known as tag wrangling. Wrangling means that you don't need to know whether the most popular tag for your new fanfic featuring Sherlock Holmes and John Watson is Johnlock or Sherwatson or John/Sherlock or Sherlock/John or Holmes/Watson or anything else. And you definitely don't need to tag your fic with all of them just in case. Instead, you pick whichever one you like, the tag wranglers do their work behind the scenes, and readers looking for any of these synonyms will still be able to find you.
folksonomy  tagging  tags  taxonomy  fans  fandom  archival  archives  fanfic 
7 days ago by jm
Git is not scalable with too many refs/*
Mailing list thread from 2011; git starts to keel over if you tag too much
git  tags  coding  version-control  bugs  scaling  refs 
february 2014 by jm
"Are You Human?" urban intervention, 2009
turn CAPTCHAs into cut-outs, mount them in the urban environment, and they blend into the tag landscape. This came up after contemplating "artisanal integers", and the concept of taking something digital and ephemeral and making a hand-made, long-lived physical artifact from it. (via ted byfield)
art  sculpture  captchas  physical  artifacts  tags  graffiti  human  urban 
july 2012 by jm

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