My Digital Life, Filing part 3: Tags, Folders, or Both
MacPowerUsers had a cool episode with Brett Terpstra talking about tagging vs folders. It encapsulated the debate well — do you rely on a:
- non-hierarchical system of tags for your files; or
- regimented system of folders to provide appropriate differentiation and order to your files?
The show described those who take the former approach as being hunters (finding files by searching, as the location is less relevant) and the latter as gatherers.
Brett was pro tagging, but not at the expense of folders, in fact he seemed to have as many or more layers of folders as I do (though as he works on his home machine, this may make sense).
My system aims to combine both.