The joys of sloppiness!

As long as we don't let the ontologists take over and tell us why tags are all wrong, need to be classified into domains, and need to be systematized, this is going to work well albeit, sloppily.


What I particularly like about all this is how human these innovations are. They are sloppy. To me Tags are sloppy practical de-facto ontologies. Wiki's are sloppy about changes and version editing. It is accepted that we're trying new things and that sometimes messes will occur. In short, it is unabashedly creative and imprecise. I've always believed in the twin values of rationalism and humanism, but humanism has often felt as though it got short shrift in our community. In this world, it's all about people and belonging and working with others.

Adam Bosworth's Weblog: Tensions on the Web.