Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Nov 2010 22:40 UTC, submitted by rhyder
Linux "For a fairly scruffy looking guy, I have a surprisingly healthy approach to organising my files. However, I'm constantly pushing up against the limitations of a system that is based around directories. I'm convinced that Linux needs to make greater use of tagging, but I'm also beginning to wonder if desktop Linux could abandon the hierarchical directory structure entirely."
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Just look at id3 tags in any collection of mp3 files you haven't personally spend countless hours (anally) tagging.
What you find is: Missing tags, wrong tags, semantically identical tags that are too different to process without resorting to fuzzy logic (e.g., artist name; first-last, or last-first) etc..

For another example, take a look at the metadata embedded in any document you happen to have laying around. It will be full of garbage.

The unwashed masses are not able to give a single consistent and meaningful name to any of their files (not to mention hierarchical organisation). There is no way they would be any better in using anything as complex as tagging. Even if you are not one of these dolts, I guarantee you are too lazy to manage your tags and would end up with a colossal mess.

As an engineer with usability background I am glad there is no chance of tagging ever becoming more than a sideshow in file organisation.

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