He makes the point that categories and tags are somewhat redundant. I think that’s true in some cases, but I think this blog is a good example of where both could be useful. I often do “series” of posts, and I always have to manually link to other posts in the series. For example, I don’t want to create a new category for every new videogame or anime I cover, but each one takes up several posts spread out over a couple of weeks, and I’d love for readers to be able to check out the entire series if they show up in the middle. Bioshock. Fullmetal Alchemist. Quake 4. It would be super great if I could tag each series, those tags would appear automatically, and if it wouldn’t break my blog, make a mess, or take forever in the process.
Sure, users could search the blog for the series they’re interested in, but that’s not the same as having the link at the end of the post. Plus, searches will return posts that contain stuff like, “I liked this game almost as much as I liked Jade Empire”, which doesn’t really have any information on Jade Empire. In fact, a sentence like that sort of assumes you’ve already read my stuff on Jade Empire.
Fledge mentions the Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin, which I used. Once. For about an hour. It was painfully slow. I don’t know why. I didn’t try to debug it, I just shut it off. I’m not knocking the plugin, many people like and enjoy it. But for whatever reason, page loads took about five seconds when the plugin was active.
So, a little discussion:
Do you find tags useful on other blogs? Do you use them? Ignore them? Did you ever wish I had tags here?
And a tangent: Anyone else have problems with Dexter?
The Best of 2011
My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2011.
Why Google sucks, and what made me switch to crowdfunding for this site.
The Strange Evolution of OpenGL
Sometimes software is engineered. Sometimes it grows organically. And sometimes it's thrown together seemingly at random over two decades.
What is this silly word, why did some people get so irritated by it, and why did it fall out of use?
Even allegedly smart people can make life-changing blunders that seem very, very obvious in retrospect.