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The suggestion to modify objects' icons to reflect their status is a common and well-established approach. Adding a "person" symbol to an object's existing icon to indicated that it is being shared, is a great approach. There are other options, too, of course, such as using a chain symbol as used by Sketch to identify layers that are linked into a design ...


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In a lot of filesystem contexts, copying is used mainly because of the folder metaphor. That is, some information needs to appear in two "locations" because the folder metaphor implies each "file" exists in a finite number of physical locations. In a tag-based file system, a single file could be tagged with multiples tags to appear in multiple queries. So, e....


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