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    • I sometimes go through my Youtube history erasing from my history videos that I watched years ago because Youtube keeps suggesting things in which I am no longer interested.

      However, cake lets you manually adjust and edit your interests.

      The problem on Cake is probably going to be what is called "Controlled Vocabulary".

      What often happens when metadata is assigned is that different people use different words for the same thing. A controlled (or limited) vocabulary attempts to prevent there being multiple tags for a single concept and also what are called false positives when one word has multiple meanings.

      Photographers and Journalists often use the IPTC system, while Libraries also have controlled vocabulary systems.

      Because Cake is still small, this problem has not become major yet, but it is likely to grow and transpire.

    • Yes, I know about controlled vocabularies as computer scientist and as photographer 😉

      But it's the context use of these controlled vocabularies that usually is tied to a single user, so I cannot have… say “personas” or personalities depending on which context I'm when interacting with the product (or social media).

      I guess a psycologist will be interested in my multiple-user behaviour.

    • When I spoke of this as being a problem, I was not focused on the individual user but on the user base.

      I understand what you are saying regarding personas, but as an individual you can make disciplined choices in how you tag things.

      Cake does not (as far as I know) control how the general population of its users create "interests". It is this lack of control which may become an issue.

      The various Spanish language academies attempt to prevent the kind of chaos which exists in the English Language. In English, there is a philosophical war which has waged for years between linguists who describe and word usage proponents who prescribe.

      Bryan A. Garner has attempted for years to bridge the gap between these two camps. His Garner's Modern English Usage (fifth edition) uses Google Ngrams to provide statistical data for establishing whether a given usage is common or rare. Rare usages are either archaic/obsolete or considered to be mistakes. He uses a scale system to describe the evolving nature of the English language.

      However, there is not an agreed upon authority for determining standard english or national english.

    • You seem to be making your life more complicated than it needs to be. Interesting idea you bring up though. I sometimes wonder how my search history and site visitations will come back in my later life.

    • I try not to make life complicated, but I work in projects that require some undertanding of my customer's field and this is done by reading and using the same websites as they do… and I really need to keep this out of my browser history, but also I need to subscribe to services that are just for the time the project lasts, etc. And some time ago it was not so easy to opt out from newsletters ;)