Ask Slasdot: Tags and Tagging, what is the best way forward?siliconbits (943161) writes "The debate about tagging has been going for nearly a decade. The Slashdot community has been covering it a number of times.
http://tech.slashdot.org/story/07/01/15/136219/the-need-for-a-tagging-standard, http://slashdot.org/story/05/01/04/0117245/folksonomies-in-delicious-and-flickr & http://slashdot.org/story/05/01/15/0015249/technorati-does-tags
But it seems that nobody has yet to come up with a foolproof solution to tagging. Even luminaries like Engadget, The Verge, Gizmodo and Slashdot all have different tagging schemes. Commontag, a venture launched in 2009 to tackle tagging, has proved to be all but a failure despite the backing of heavyweights like Freebase, Yahoo and Zemanta. Even Google gave up and purchased Freebase in July 2010.
Somehow I remain convinced that a unified, semantically-based solution, using a mix of folksonomy and taxonomy, is the Graal of tagging. I’d like to hear from fellow Slashdotters as to how they tackle the issue of creating and maintaining a tagging solution, regardless of the platform and the technologies being used in the backend."