For those of you not in software development professionally, this will be an exercise in how to design potentially complex technology products. Maybe that interests you, so I’m writing it here instead of in some closed channel with @therubymug. I also want your feedback!
The purpose of this post is to flesh out an understanding of the optimal taxonomy for organizing content around video games. What I want to get across here is if I were to submit an piece of content and want to associate it with an appropriate categorization (be it category or tag or flag), what would that look like?
Types of Content
These are examples, not complete lists, of the types of definitions that would be available.
The core item is the content piece that the user is posting. I’m proposing we call this a strat—however when we’re talking about things like short-form or microblogging type posts, is that really a strat (that is to say, a strategy/how-to/info/article)? Maybe that’s perfectly ok or maybe
article needs to be renamed
strat instead. That brings up the other issue of videos and images.
In terms of creation, I think that’s secondary. In this case, I think
strat as a content type makes sense. The user can create a “New Strat” and put whatever content he or she chooses within that post. That might contain a full article or just a simple forum-style post. I’m leaning toward that model, personally.
- Article (long-form)
- Post (short-form, microblogging, forum post style)
- Image (screenshot)
- PlanetSide 2
- PlayStation 3
- PlayStation 4
- Xbox 360
- Xbox One
Genre (as defined by Wikipedia?)
What happens when I want to post something about wishing Mass Effect would get released for PlayStation 4?
Mass Effect is not associated with
PlayStation 4 because it is not currently available on the system. Does this scenario advocate for a completely open taxonomy?
Additionally, there’s some ownership over the content in the form of an