Re: So, do tags *really* improve discussions?
ear1grey, thanks for the reply and the insights which I enjoyed reading.
I also think that they are the same thing at the user level and that the interface is a key issue.
However, ignoring for a moment the user’s point of view and giving a closer look at how the discussion space is affected by tags and categories could be interesting.
What I am wondering is whether tags can be the enabling detail for a *superior* discussion space. In other words, whether tags applied to discussions are merely yet another “feature” or the starting point for something completely new.
In what way it could be superior. I am not sure.
Theoretically, the space architecture would be dynamically determined by the conversation actually going on (as opposed to the conversation being determined by an imposed and static architecture).
Given enough mass, maybe tags could also make niche discussions possible?