Chapter 6. Tags and Taxonomies

Taxonomy literally means “method of arrangement,” though you wouldn’t know that from indiscriminate use on the internet, where I’ve seen taxonomy refer to a list of hashtags, a CRM database, a sitemap, a word cloud. Please stop making word clouds.

The word itself feels abstract—it’s cerebral and academic and sounds a little like science? Suspicious. Next someone’s going to ask us about engineering ontologies, and we’ll have to nod like we know what that means, and then, listen, I can have my bags packed in ten minutes, it’s not too late to start over, there are plenty of countries without extradition agreements— ...

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