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The first thing to remember about taxonomies is that there is never one correct taxonomy per set of elements. Imagine having the product set {paper, cotton fabric, old wooden lineal}. For a tailor, the categorization within their taxonomies is: {paper, old wooden lineal} -> pattern making supply, {cotton fabric} -> clothing raw material. For a paper ...


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Definition The word Taxonomy originated from the work of Carl Linnæus, who created an hierarchy of organisms in the 18th century. The word Taxon means a group of organisms. Since then, the word has been used to describe a multitude of classification schemes, mainly ones with strict hierarchy. While definitions do exist, the term is often abused. However, ...


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I would suggest creating a short list of broad "top-level categories" that every other category can be grouped into (maybe around 20 of them). For example: Technology, Art, Leisure, etc. Then (painfully) link your thousands of categories to those top-level categories. That way, when the user signs up, they can pick which of those handful of top-...


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I notice that the answers cover a slightly different field from what was asked in the comment by JonW: Really, what I'm interested in is whether or not people know what they can do with tags after they've already been assigned - such as browsing the site using tags to find related content, as opposed to just tagging content with relevant tags. so here's ...


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This is a frame challenge. What you ask for is impossible. If you require users to select ten categories of interest before you let them access the app, most users will not proceed beyond that step. No UX polishing can fix this. The few people who get past this will have chosen ten categories quickly, without much thought. They will have missed categories ...


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This sounds like a job for a type-ahead -- the user starts typing a category of interest, and the system returns valid responses that can then be selected. Bonus points if you account for fuzzy spelling or can link the user to synonyms.


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When you have categories, there are often items that don't fit into any category well, and so you are left with a choice between having a category with a single item in it, or a catchall category like 'other'. If the item isn't needed in the first place, then regardless of whether it fits into a category or not, you should not include it. That said, I will ...


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I would definitely not go with 'Short News' since it implies the news story is short. Which, from what I see, is not the case. You click on the item to be redirected to the complete article. 'Top News' seems like a fairly simple to understand and generic enough term to cover this. Other alternatives include 'Trending News', 'Latest Stories', 'Featured ...


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I would probably call this a News ticker. I think it fits very nicely with the case you describe. On the left hand side you've got longer news articles and posts. The column on the right has shorter, brief news. Facebook uses the term 'Ticker' for the brief news that are displayed on the right side of the screen in the desktop version. Basically all ...


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These are referred to as Miller Columns.


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I would steer away from using "news" at all. Try simply "Latest" as the title. Or, if you have some statistical engine that makes popular or trending topics bubble to the top, use "Trending" or "Popular." The content of that section may include "proper" journalistic news, but it may also contain a blog post, tweet or other social update. We as Web users ...


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Maximize information density Tags are great for categorizing, but tough for quick scanning. If your goal is to enable users to quickly find an exercise to sculpt a specific muscle or region, try a visual approach. Create a standardized map of the body that is small enough to fit your UI, but large enough that users can distinguish the muscle groups. For ...


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Browse by popular categories In addition to the other answers, I'd also recommend enabling the user to view which categories are the most popular, based on statistics of your user base. This will empower users to be able to quickly get value from your service—before they lose interest—by choosing from categories that are already successful in your app. You ...


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I would recommend not to name the block after the some visual attributes, i.e. "Short News", "Green Block", etc. This features already perceived by users. It's better to reflect functional (what it does) or semantic features (what is it for). Here you can use labels from formal "External News" to less formal but still meaningful "News of the World" (...


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I'm pretty convinced normal users don't know what to do with tags per se. The only really common place for tagging is Facebook - Google for 'do people understand what to do with tags' and 9 out of 10 first page links are all facebook related. With facebook no-one really thinks about searching for a tag - because the tag is just a person. So you're ...


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Thinking different I would like to answer this from another angle, as I feel the straight up answer has already been given. The question implies that users are alone and responsible of their own content like this system was some unattended SharePoint Intranet. But it's not. On all StackExchange sites, and on Wikipedia (which also uses tags) there are ...


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Yes tags can be hierarchical and there is actually a lot of (not yet widely recognised) potential in it. Although some people (probably like the question asker) have been curious and/or after hierarchical tagging for years, the reason it is not present on the CMS market now is more because of technical obstacles rather than not seeing point in it. With pure ...


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Facets. Colour size and material are facets as in faceted navigation. Most shops use faceted navigation to allow customers to find the item they are looking for. Red for example is a value under the colour facet. Price and anything with a range can be turned into a facet by slicing it into chunks (for example 50-100 pounds). Or you just leave it as a range ...


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I think your second option is going to get confusing when the users will start using the sort functionality, you will lose the visual hierarchy between the elements. I would go for the 1st option.


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In my opinion tag hierarchy is not always a bad idea, but I think hierarchy is a bad word here, I would consider this being subsets. Let's say we are on Stack Overflow and because you work often with Microsoft Excel, you are interested in all questions regarding it. So you add as favorite the "excel" tag and ignore all the others. But there are other tags ...


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How about showing groups with an "auto-suggest" capable selection list. These group could be further put in a responsive grid(organize as your layout rule dictates). You can additionally show selected items in a tag cloud like component like Group #3


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In the context of a blog: Categories Categories are predefined and there should not be too many of them. Their use is closer to a folder system where a blog post gets put in one or more folders. They should be visible and easily accessible because they form the secondary organizing principle for the blog (primary being chronology). E.g. a post about the ...


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Just my opinion - the whole idea behind it is to give users impression that the news here are as fresh as juice that has just been squeezed out of a fruit. In these days, when all the news are published almost instantly, a conclusion appears that everything is fresh, recent, new. Portals publish news in various sections, out of which newest/most important ...


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"Bulletin" seems to be the word you're looking for. Definition of BULLETIN 1: a brief public notice issuing usually from an authoritative source; specifically : a brief news item intended for immediate publication or broadcast


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Have you looked at the Google Plus Circles UI? That's an awesome way to move a large number of people into smaller groups. It solves a number of your requirements: people can be in multiple groups it's easy to show people that are not yet in a group by filtering the overview of available people it makes great use of your screen real-estate for at-a-glance ...


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To simplify, taxonomy is categorization. To create a taxonomy for something means to find commonalities that a user of that system would acknowledge are linked and categorize them accordingly. Like anything UX related, you start with the user. It seems like your question more specifically asks How does one go about categorizing books for an e-commerce site?...


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I can understand your concerns regarding messy tagging, however i think you should allow tagging. There are a couple of things you could implement to guide the user in the tagging process. First of all, i think it's sensible to only allow a small amount of tags, say 3. This forces the user to really think about the tags, and prevents tag lists like vampires ...


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I would allow users to add tags with a link rather than just add them from any text they type, this would make them think about new tags and stop the majority of spelling errors (this should be a comment I know but I wanted to add the mock-up). download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups


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Any list of items with text labels can at least be grouped by first letter. That said, I can't even imagine 1000+ root level categories for movies. Can these categories be curated down to just a few that make sense because how do I even know which category to search for?


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Assuming you want to avoid hierarchical categorization, you can use freeform category tags to apply multiple filters:


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