moderated Re: Categories for groups -- idea suggestion

Sharon Villines

One of the suggestions for developing a wiki is to allow people to enter information and create topics as they go. Then an organizer can come in and gently sort them out. I’ve tried this and it works very well. It’s easy to see in the list of topics exactly what you want.

One thing that happened is that some topics that would have been at the 3rd level in a logical subject category are at the top level because more members enter and seek information in that area.

Similar to the story of Indiana University’s new campus. They didn’t put in sidewalks for a year, and then put them on the paths where students walked. It may be an apochryphal story but the logic is the same.

I’ve spent a lot of time on Yahoo and other sites trying to find a place for cohousing and governance. Governance isn’t government, exactly. Government usually means city, state, or country level. Governance is a social science, under sociology that looks at the governing of any group or organization of people.

Cohousing is a cross between an intentional community and real estate development. Where to put these things.

One advantage of the Dewey system is that examples can be found so you know where to put something. It would be most helpful if someone is in charge of gently correcting self chosen categories so they maintain their usefulness. A bunch of unrelated stuff in a category quickly discourages searching at all.

• 000 – Computer science, information & general works
• 100 – Philosophy and psychology
• 200 – Religion
• 300 – Social sciences
• 400 – Language
• 500 – Pure Science
• 600 – Technology
• 700 – Arts & recreation
• 800 – Literature
• 900 – History & geography

List of the next 100 topics and the next thousands here:

Then one can refer to this to figure out where something goes. Only a few of these would end up being used but they would be more relevant.

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