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Category structure


Hello, I was just wondering... do you have any plans to structure the content by categories besides tags? For a niche website using tags shouldn't be a problem but for a more general Q&A, its a pain.
Edited August 23, 2011 10:44 pm CDT
asked August 23, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Do you mean categories in addition to tags or as replacements for tags?
Aug 24 '11 at 5:24
@Dmitri Snytkine
Addition. Like I said, Tags are great for a niche website that focuses on a single topic but for a general Q&A site, a tag will filter totally unrelated questions. That's why we need categories to structure the content more precisely. A two stage optional filter would be nice then. 1. To be able to search the whole website just like it is now. 2. A drop down containing all categories and subcategories that you can select to refine the search results to a specific category. You can get an idea from one of my WordPress driven website: What do you think?
Aug 24 '11 at 12:40
So now you have just mentioned the word I've been waiting for "subcategories". I knew that if I add categories people will start asking to add sub-categories. That's what makes it so difficult - because sub-categories are usually not the end - you will need unlimited nested categories - and that's a pretty major feature to code.
Aug 24 '11 at 18:23

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Subcategories are not a priority, for me at least. I can use general category terms that would cover more topics.
Its better to have some way of structuring questions than not having at all.

I would be happy with the current tags system but this is hard to scale once the questions continue to flow.

Besides, I wouldn't trust to let the users structure the site using a tags only system because they are free to type whatever they think of, leading to search results totally unrelated, thus creating a mess.

Using a mandatory category term would help us a great deal to sort through search results especially when there are thousands of questions/answers

You can start with 1 level category for now and see how it goes from there.
Its easier to scale later to subcategories then to unlimited categories when it gets more popular than starting from nothing.

You could also code a feature to be able to copy/convert a bunch of existing popular tags as category terms.

AFAIK Joomla started this way. Only recently they introduced unlimited subcategories.
answered August 25, 2011 at 12:58 AM
I think one-level categories would be a good start and easy to implement. I'll do it but it will take some time. I have very little time now. If anyone else wants to give it a try I would be happy to give guidance.
Aug 25 '11 at 18:37
@Dmitri Snytkine
I wish I had your knowledge but I'm only an IT tech with some limited coding skills. I'm planning to start a project on top of LampCMS in January. Do you think it will be finished and stable by then?
Aug 26 '11 at 9:05

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