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Re: [ontolog-forum] (PLEASE!!...) tasteful tags...

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2007 18:44:34 -0500
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As I said, collaborative tagging is a typical example of
collaborative naming and coining of new words and terms.
In the book of Genesis, God gave that authority to Adam,
but I'm sure that Eve and the kids had a lot to say about
the choice of tags.  And nothing has changed ever since.    (01)

PFB> Theres the rub: "for your own purposes"  is tagging
 > only for your own purpose (in which case you are right) or
 > to attempt to place the item being tagged in a concept space,
 > offered for sharing with others?    (02)

The answer is yes to all of the above.    (03)

PFB> Both are valid and what is important is to be able to
 > make a distinction between the personal terminology space
 > and the potentially shared.    (04)

No such distinction is possible or useful.    (05)

Some of the oldest roots in the IndoEuropean languages
(which go back at least 7 millennia and probably more)
are ma, pa, and sis -- babytalk syllables to which the
suffix -ter was added to form mater, pater, and sister.    (06)

I don't think that the baby who said "ma" when asking
for the nipple intended to distinguish personal
terminology from the potentially shared.  But that
primitive tag is still with us today.    (07)

Any tag that is exposed for public view, either deliberately
or inadvertently, becomes potentially shared.  If other
people find it useful, they adopt it, and it becomes part
of the common vocabulary.  If they don't, it is ignored.    (08)

John    (09)

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