Category Standardization (before it's too late!)

Discussion in 'Mac Guides' started by mainstreetmark, Nov 1, 2005.

  1. macrumors 68020

    mainstreetmark

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    We have:

    Apple CEOs
    Apple Desktops
    Apple Events
    Apple Hardware
    Apple ICs
    Apple Information
    Apple Laptops
    Apple Services
    Apple Software
    Companies
    Consumer Software
    Graphics
    Mac Desktops
    Mac OS X
    Networking
    Operating Systems
    Ports
    Pro Software
    Processors
    Prosumer Software
    Storage
    Stubs
    Third-Party Hardware
    Third Party Hardware
    Third Party Software

    What a mess! We should standardize all these now, before it's too late! For example:

    "Pro Software" vs "Prosumer Software" ??

    Third-Party Hardware vs Third Party Hardware

    I'm not really behind the whole "third party" distinction in the first place. We should have:

    - Software
    - Hardware

    Software could be broken down in the various apple-provided subcategories as I described in a previous post. The whole "prosumer/consumer" category really only applies easily to Apple stuff. Sure, photoshop may be a "prosumer" app, but would Graphics Converter? It's used by pro's. I suspect most people who are looking for a solution wouldn't be going down a "pro" vs "consumer" road, but rather after a specific kind of application (an Internet utility, for example). This doesn't exclude a "Software->Apple Prosumer" category.

    Hardware should similarly have a standard breakdown: Displays, CPUs, Mouses, etc... No need to necessarily differentiate between Apple/non-Apple stuff here. There should be no "Apple Displays" subcategory, but the Cinema Display could be in both Hardware->Displays, and Hardware->Apple Hardware (but not only Hardware->Apple Displays)
     
  2. macrumors 603

    wordmunger

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    No, Apple Hardware should be its own category. Why should I have to tunnel down through Hardware --> Apple Hardware, just to get to Mac computers, on a site called "Mac Guides"?

    But this all raises a much larger question. Is it so bad to have a lot of categories? Since every post can be associated with multiple categories, does it really matter? For example, I could associate iBook G4 with Apple Hardware, Apple Laptops, and iBooks. I could put iPhoto in both Apple Software and Prosumer Software.
     
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    dubbz

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    I don't see any problem with the large number of categories either, just as long as all of them doesn't appear on the front page.

    And we definitely should have separate categories for Apple software and hardware.
     
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    mainstreetmark

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    I guess I meant to say that "Apple Software" shouldn't be the *only* category something, say iTunes, should be in.

    [[Category: Audio]]
    [[Category: Apple Software]]

    that's just fine with me. I'm merely trying to avoid requiring that a new user know that "GarageBand" is Apple software, when all he may be interested in is some new Audio app to play around with.
     
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    dubbz

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    Ah. Yes, more categories like "Audio Software" and the like makes sense to me.
     
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    mainstreetmark

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    Also, this page seems to have a good list of subcategories.

    http://versiontracker.com/macosx/updByCat.php

    I also'd like to see a "Freeware", "Commercial", "Shareware" category.

    So, a single software app, like iTunes, could say:

    [[Category: Apple Software]]
    [[Category: Audio]]
    [[Category: Freeware]]

    and Photoshop:

    [[Category: Graphics]]
    [[Category: Commercial Software]]

    (I think the "Third Party" categories are unnecessary. They don't add value to someone searching for information, unless someone's coming along looking for something specifically non-Apple)
     
  8. arn
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    arn

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