As some of you know, I've been working with a developer to make a
light-weight CMS/publishing tool. We've focused on magazines and other
small publications, and we've run into an interesting conundrum.
Picture a webzine. You've got your stories, and you've got pages about
writers guidelines, and how to advertise, and all that.
We will have both tagging and categories on any article/story. So far
we've had "stories", which are time based, more or less, and scroll down
the front page, and "pages" that are fixed in time, and are just in the
"about" section. We realized one day they weren't all that different,
and now we are looking at potentially combing them. My partner-in-crime
suggested stories have categories, and pages have sections, and a page
lives only in a single section.
But this raises other questions. Can a story live in a category *and* a
section? Should a page live in multiple sections, one section, or a
combination of sections and categories? Should we really mess with
people's organizational mental models?
Moreover, should pages have comments, just like stories?
Anecdotes, brilliant designs nixed by PM, and theories all welcomed, but
real-life stories tend to trump....
And anything starting with the phrase "the simplest possible" is extra