I agree it sounds old fashioned, but I really need folders to organize my materials at my GGB workspace.
Ha've you considered that possibilty?
Have you tried using tags?
Of course, Michael, tags are a good solution . . . in some cases. Foldeers are finally better in other situations (or maybe for other kind of users).
Maybe we can try with a users survey . . .
I'm using books and groups, two very useful tools.
But, . . . I'm talking about my "desktop" or "dashboard" at GeoGebra.org. Now I've there dozens of worksheets (wich I reuse in several books and groups) and it starts to be difficult to manage. I'm afraid when I reach hundreds...
But how are the names you give? Usually I can find my drawings by using a keyword that I expect in the name und usually I do find them ... and I have more than 300 file online.
I think you should even understand books as folders, too. So ... I have a book where I do collect all my file and those from other users that do concern chemistry. The same can be done for Math and the different classes and/or themes. To find them again give those books a special name like "collection" or "folder". The advantage of books that you have subfolders as much as you want.
. . . using books as folders
. . . using groups as folders
so . . . why don't use folders as folders?
I like Google Drive folders system (and, of course, GooGle is a tagging based system)
I did not say to use groups as folders. Groups are to work together with others.
I think folders may be a good solution, I agree whit you, Carles
having 6400 files on the materials platform I try to keep them organised offline in folders and subfolders on my laptop (and back-up) an in my own way of logic (and sometimes unlogic) thinking.
Your own way of organizing is the way it works and probably totally different from mine. It may sound good to have folders on the platform but probably it's less conveniant for other users to find your good materials. Others don't know you logic. Books are nice to present files in an organised way, but for organizing your own files it's better to do it offline. I have my files uploaded on the materials platform to have them embedded into my website. so that makes three platforms... But perhaps the way it works the best. I have the files uploaded with the same title as saved on my computer (at least most of them...) and if I can't find them under that name mostly I find them using tags.
Thank you for your answer
The folder structure could be completely unique to each user. That way people could still organise their own files as they like but no one else needs to see that folder structure.
"no one else needs to see that folder structure".
So suppose I come across a nice fiel by someone and I'm curious if he has other nice materials. What would I see if those materials were organized in a folder structure? You either see folders or you see files, or do I miss anything?
Of course there is no answer to the question "are folders better or worse than tags?"
It depends on each user (and perhaps on each concrete situation)
The point is that nobody forces you to use folders if you don't appreciate them . . . but right now I'm forced to not to use folders . . . given that the plattform doesn't allow to use them.
They would see exactly what you see now. Just a huge list of all the files.
Well, I don't know anything about programming databases and who sees what, and (maybe I wasn't clear about it) I'm not opposing against folders at all. Indeed, it would be nice that people should have a choice that they don't have now.
The only thing I wouldn't like to see is just a list of folders for which I don't have the 'code' to know where to look. Now, when I click on a name I'm directed to the profile page, seeing the same screen as the owner. I can immedeately see what kind of stuff he's working on and I can easilly judge if I can find the kind of things I'm interested in. To guarantee this the visitor should see another screen than the owner who would like to see his folders. If this technically can be done, as Tedus says, I'd favorise the proposal very strongly. But as I say, I don't know anything about this. I just warned as a curious user that all the wonderfull worldwide stuff shouldn't be hidden in folder structures.
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