I've noticed that as SO has got bigger, some guidelines have introduced for tagging, taking it from a completely uncontrolled 'folksonomy' and moving it towards a controlled vocabulary.

Is there a plan for managing the tags as they grow?

Failing that, what strategies should be considered?

In a bid for an informed discussion, I've attached a good (free) book on controlled vocabularies. Other resources on tagging for very large collections like SO, would be appreciated and upvoted!

Just to let you know that Patricia Harpring,s book, "Introduction to Controlled Vocabularies, Terminology for Art, Architecture, and Other Cultural Works" is now available on the Web at http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/standards/intro_controlled_vocab/.

Each chapter is available as HTML and also as a printer-friendly PDF.

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    The "plan" may well be to thrash out issues on meta as they come up... Aug 26 '10 at 17:55
  • @dmckee +1 for the pun
    – Pops
    Aug 26 '10 at 18:27
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    Wait, what pun? "Thrash" vs. "thresh"?
    – mmyers
    Aug 26 '10 at 18:55
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    @Popular: I, too, don't see a pun. I was prepared to quietly take credit, but it's bothering me. Aug 27 '10 at 3:21
  • @dmckee, what @mmyers said.
    – Pops
    Aug 27 '10 at 14:27

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