P2P Foundation Wiki Taxonomy

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The P2P Foundation Wiki Taxonomy =

This page serves as general overview for the P2P Foundation Wiki Taxonomy.

Theory of our taxonomy

The P2P Foundation Wiki Taxonomy is a structured taxonomy in the sense that we attempt to apply more and more specificity to articles through the use of subcategories. Subcategories are also used to classify media types, and groups of people. Subcategories may have more than one parent category. For example, the Standards category can and is be applied to a number of different emphasis areas like Peer Governance or Peer Production and so is a subcategory of each of these areas. In the case of "Standards in Peer Production" a page exists to show the intersection of articles that are have been placed into the Standards and Peer Production categories.

Core Categories

Most articles on the site fall into a three core categories: Category:Peer Governance, Category:Peer Property,. There are other popular categories, and some wide ranging subcategories, and these three make up the "Trifecta" as outlined in Category:P2P Theory.

Taxonomy as the Default, Sub-optimal Linking System on the Wiki

Wikis are the most useful when an effort is made to link the core concepts in an article to related articles within the wiki and the wider web. Linking between pages creates a rich web of relationships and context for articles. The taxonomy categories are used as a sort of backup system. It is currently rare for users to refer to article categories to find related content. As such, while categories are easy to use, they are only of limited value when compared to linking key concepts within articles together through the use of highlighted links.

Please Review Current Categories Before Adding New Ones

Users are actively encouraged to research and review current categories before creating new categories. You can see visit Help:Search for Duplicates and Related Articles to find out more about doing a power search for your desired category. Empty categories aren't helpful to site visitors. Time has shown that collaborating on the expansion and specificity of the category system is beneficial because it informs other editors of new categories and helps uncover current, under-utilized categories. Categories are no substitute for linking between articles, and adding them actually complicates things more than it helps because site visitors will run into a category page that lists only one link and leave the site frustrated.

If you have a recommendation for a subcategory you should feel free to start a discussion on one of the already existing core category pages about your idea. This is a good way to get the ball rolling.