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Re: Comps/groups/tags-concepts [Was: FESCo Meeting Summary for 2008-10-29]

On Mon, 3 Nov 2008, Jeremy Katz wrote:

On Mon, 2008-11-03 at 10:36 -0500, Seth Vidal wrote:
Let's take a step back. How do we group several thousand things such that
they don't make the avg user lose his/her mind to look at them.

Also, what are the circumstances in which people are using this
metadata?  What sort of interface are they expected to be working with,
etc.  We have tons of unstructured metadata (see package summaries and
descriptions :-)

The current comps format came about from looking at "okay, what are we
trying to enable the user to do" and then working back from there.  The
same exercise but with the changed landscape that is present today is
likely to be quite helpful in figuring out the best approach.

Well, to start with I was thinking of the flickr/blogger larger-font-size tag browser with the ability to drill down per tag for additional info?

So combining tagging with a tree?

For example: you browse the 15 most common tags then you click on one which opens up the 15 most common tags at that layer? maybe? and/or a list of pkgs below that?

Maybe that's crazy, I'm just playing with what it might look like based on other interfaces I've seen.


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