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jefito

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    Reason For Folders - Last Attempt

    I don't disagree with this. I was mainly pointing out what I see to be incorrect assertions in the original post, namely that humans always organize knowledge hierarchically, and that categorization is hierarchicalization. If EverNote could only provide for one of these, then I'd vote for tags, as they are potentially a more powerful concept. As it is, hierarchical organization is not completely absent, since you can always organize hierarchically inside a single note (probably fine for creating a short paper on Shakespeare, per the example). In terms of organizing notes hierarchically, though, there's not much there. Yes, you can make hierarchies of tags, but if you make tag 'B' a subtag of tag 'A', then EverNote doesn't seem to be able to impute that notes tagged with 'B' inherit the 'A' tag as well (unless you tag them with 'A' explicitly). I'm not sure whether that's a drawback or not; I've only begun to experiment with hierarchical tags. So far, I don't find not having a lack of global hierarchical structuring tools a burden.
  2. This a common -- and much complained about -- problem. It happens for me with the 3.5.1.1410 (71915) Windows version.
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    Reason For Folders - Last Attempt

    Look, folders are OK. I use them every day of my life, in file systems and my browser bookmarks. But it doesn't work for everything, and it doesn't necessarily scale well. So let's try to get some terminology in order: using categories to classify knowledge is not identical to using hierarchies. Easy example. I have a red ball. Using a strictly hierarchical classification system, where does that ball go? In the tree under Toys? Under Things That Are Round? Or maybe under Things That Are Red? I don't think that this fits nicely into a tree structure, yet it seems perfectly suited for tags (e.g., "red", "round", "toy"). Another example, relevant to the browser bookmark problem (confession -- I haven't yet gotten around to tagging my bookmarks, and this one bites me pretty often): My bookmarks tree has a branch for Software, and under that, a subbranch for Development, and under that, subbranches for individual languages, e.g. C++, JavaScript, HTML, etc. SO I read an article that discusses techniques of manipulating HTML using JavaScript. So where in the hierarchy does this go? A bit of a tossup, really. With tags, of course, it's no problem. In any case, it should be easy to see that categorization is a more general term that includes both hierarchies and tags (and probably others). Folders are certainly useful, but tend to be somewhat rigid and unforgiving -- if you misclassify an item (easy to do when there's ambiguity) then it becomes very hard to find. On the other hand, they tend to be easy to implement and use. They lend themselves nicely to the old familiar drag'n'drop metaphor. Sorry but this example is tragically comical, due to the fact while Shakespeare's plays are traditionally pushed into the various categories, most of them are a mix of tragedy and comedy and/or history at least. There's certainly a great deal of humor in Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet, and tragedy in Richard III. Do we then start adding branches like Plays/Tragedies/Comical elements, Plays/Tragedies/Historical elements, and so on? I thin't think that this scales well. Anyways, it's at least worth noting that use of hierarchies is just one way of categorization, and tagging is another. Hierarchies are definitely *not* the only way that knowledge can be classified (despite what you assert), and neither are tags. Ugh. I have given up on using folders in Outlook as being counterproductive, and by far prefer the GMail approach of tagging, which can be implemented in Outlook using a feature that's called, surprise, surprise, "Categories".
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