Seriously. Wrong path. Blind alley. Tags are out. Full stop.
Yeah, yeah, I know I've been a strong proponent of tags - but now I accept I was all wrong, very wrong.
Tag me with "France" - would that entail my passport is French? That I live in France? That I like the French Alps? (Two last applies)
Tagging subjects is like ripping the verb out of a sentence."Sig France", eh?
Put the verb back!Try for example "Sig + lives in + France" which technically is "subject + predicator + object" which, for those of you who are conversant in the "Semantic Web" is similar to W3C's RDF N-Triples (heh, how's that for a mouthful).
In other words, a methodology and even a technology exists already that "puts the verb back". So why not use that?
This framework has been around since 1999, with a new version since 2004 - but still it has not caught on despite it's intriguing prospects.
I would dare to suggest that this non-use is due to how information is stored:
The free-forming cloud, the "web", as well as enterprises still handle information in mashed up formats - "documents" and "forms". Storytelling. Mashups.
A "document" almost always consist of many objects - address, author, many subjects and even more objects - like a vat of 12 liquids nicely mixed up.
Add a triple saying "vat contains inflammable liquid" - which one of the 12 liquids does that apply to? If the information had been stored as 13 singular objects, 12 liquids + the mix, then triples could add real useful knowledge.
Luckily thingamy uses only singular and minimal objects to build models of reality. Thus triples can be used with aplomb.
Out goes tags, owner, place and links - our current "object knowledge enhancers" - to be replaced by one single method; Relations (triples) - and with that; one single term to get head around, no limits to knowledge enhancement, real precision and less code.
So apologies (again) to those of you keen to put your hands on something (almost) finished, just have to get it right when I see a flaw.
Bugger, it's not easy to be "on time" when you're breaking all the "rules", then breaking your own rules.
More on how we're doing it and how it's going to make thingamy simpler and more powerful than ever in post to come.