Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Re: Metacrap

Cory Doctorow wrote Metacrap: Putting the torch to seven straw-men of the meta-utopia, back in 2001. I propose to help replace some of the straw men with something slightly stronger.

  • People Lie - tie it to their reputation to make it possible to punish them
  • People are lazy - make it as easy as possible for them
  • People are stupid - don't expect perfection
  • Mission impossible: know thyself - put metadata creation in the hands of others
  • Schemas aren't neutral - use a folksonomy, and multiple tags, we don't need heirarchy
  • Metrics influence results - use them to encourage good behavior in the grand scheme
  • There's more than one way to describe something - there's no need to stick with a single heirarchy

I'll put more air into this if someone wants to converse about it.


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