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[ba-unrev-talk] Re: [unrev-II] more on faceted classification

[This is a thread started on unrev-ii:    (01)

    http://www.bootstrap.org/dkr/discussion/3634.html    (02)

I'm moving it to this list.]    (03)

Cool article!  I was going to comment on it, but changed my mind after I
actually followed the URL and read it. :-)  Unfortunately, I had already
promised on unrev-ii that I would comment on it here, yet I have nothing
useful to add, other than "cool article!"  Sorry about that. :-)    (04)

-Eugene    (05)

On Fri, 16 Nov 2001, Alex Shapiro wrote:    (06)

> http://semanticstudios.com/publications/semantics/speed.html
> "So What's Wrong With Taxonomies
> Size
> Following in the footsteps of the Dewey Decimal System, Yahoo took a
> highly pre-coordinate approach, attempting to create controlled
> vocabulary terms (i.e., names of categories) for every imaginable
> subject. The result? An informal count suggests more than 67,000
> categories in Yahoo with roughly 4 to 8 levels of hierarchy between the
> main page and actual content. That's a lot of vocabulary to manage.
> Portals that take this approach wind up growing an enormous category
> structure that constrains their ability to adapt."
> --Alex    (07)

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