Adrian Holovaty, in a post about the potential role of metadata in news, advocates creating a database of isolated, metatagged facts pulled together by automated news-munching robots.
Wow! Could it really be that easy? I mean, it’s not easy — but annotating links with somewhat more useful “rel=xxx” info seems actually quite do-able. As opposed to, you know, creating artificially intelligent fact-parsing computers that understand natural language. Erm.
I particularly like the idea of being able to express disapproval in my links. As thing stands every link is a positive, helpfully google-rank boosting link–even if I’m linking to some crappy site expressly to talk about how crappy it is. So I have been know to merely describe how to get to some terrible site rather than actually link to it, which is a bit silly.
Hmm. Speaking of tags. . .one problem with the redsign. I love the way these little briefly mentioned boxes look. But it seems you don’t want to post too many things under them, or you want a way to cross list them with other categories. Because, clearly, this topic is a theme for you guys and you’ve had multiple good posts on it in the past . . .so it would be nice to be able to bring them all up at once since you already categorize
Yeah, I know, I have no business whining with my category-less blogger mcblog.
This is a good point, Saheli, I’ll start putting my briefly noteds in multiple categories. It reminds me of this Ask MetaFilter thread which seems to hammer home the idea that tagging schemes are best used as a supplement to categories, not a replacement.
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