Generate Frames from Categories and Tags

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“I know it’s a knife. But what is it, really?”

Your content collection may already be organized into folders, subfolders, and so on, in the same general pattern used for an outline.

But it is all too common that the “outline” (or “tree branching”) of folders becomes too hard to manage. Reorganizing the outline, along with renaming and duplicating things, can create as many new problems as it does solve old ones.

More importantly, as we put or find more of our content online, the content collections easily become massive over time. Because of that, searching content just-in-time increasingly replaces labor spent on organizing folders outline-style ahead of time.

The searching relies, increasingly, on categories and tags being applied at some time by someone when content is either made or found. This means we might be relying quite a lot on other people’s ideas of how to classify things. One key problem that occurs is due to inconsistency in how categories and tags are decided by one person versus another.

Below, we have taken most of the key notes we have made about Categories or Tags, and we used an eXie frame to organize those notes.

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Now that we have the frame of reference, we are more confident about what kind of consistency we would like to use and see when handling categories and tags. It can guide us to refine the ones we already use.

Bonus: the refinement can help us to move existing content into well-designed frames that cross-reference the improved categories and tags.

Another Bonus: the frame helps to point out what kind of examples we can watch for, to refine our understanding, make the discussion more complete, and plan our ongoing communication about it. As a result, this demonstrates a use of a frame to plan a discussion or to analyze one.

We will keep this frame available as part of our knowledge-base; we will also appreciate it as an example of how to design or assemble a discussion about other subjects.