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del.icio.us reorganization pt1

October 11, 2005
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Reorganization of my del.icio.us bookmarks.

A couple of weeks ago, I installed the foxylicious Firefox extension. It’s an interesting extension- it imports your del.icio.us bookmarks to your Firefox bookmarks.

The simple configuration is easy to understand, and prompted me to rethink the way I tag my del.icio.us bookmarks. The specific option I’m talking about is the option to specify a character for category separation.

What I used to do.

Technically what I used to do when I first started out is just put the tags in under any old order. Then I started to denote sub-categories in a linear fashion eg web-comic Ctrl+Alt+Del parody Jack-Thompson (I’m skipping out the bit where I went from camelCase to dash-seperation).

What I’m doing now.

I’m still specifying categories in a linear fashion, except it’s more a case of multiple categories instead of sub categories. Sub categories are now separated with a colon eg web-comic:Ctrl+Alt+Del parody:game-series:GTA:San-Andreas parody:gaming:censorship:Jack-Thompson.

What this means.

I’ve got over 300 bookmarks on del.icio.us to go through, so I still haven’t finished yet. After I’m finished, the parsing that foxylicious does should result in a filing system which mirrors the one I use anyway.

It also means that eventually I can move my bookmarks onto del.icio.us, and use my computer as a backup of my del.icio.us account, instead of the other way around.

The refiling I started today:

Today out of nowhere I started refiling all the parody tags. In issue 80 of Applegeeks, they parody Batman and his . In this case, Batman is a sub-category of parody, so I entered a tag for that page as parody:Batman. The issue itself is referring to Batman’s ridiculous , so that was entered as a separate tag as opposed to a sub-category of parody:Batman.

Conclusion.

Now I’m not too sure if this is the intended use for the del.icio.us service, as a limitation of their service means searching del.icio.us for Batman will not bring up any of my bookmarks. I’m not too sure why that is, but I’m not really intending my bookmarks to be read by anyone else than me. I just don’t care if other people do read them.


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