yes, great minds do think alike!
Michelle Manafy at E Content, writes a readable essay arguing in favor of the organic, intuitive, and historically meaningful "user-generated" tagging as opposed to "an orderly top-down taxonomy". And she does this by comparing idiosyncratic street names to numbered and lettered grids.
When I think about these approaches, I can get lost in esoteric historical facts, but ultimately, the point of all this street naming is to help us get from point A to point B. Okay, naming them A and B is certainly clearer, but it isn't terribly intuitive. If I want to pick pumpkins at Angevine farm, I take a right onto Angevine Road off Route 341. Sure, you could argue that if and when the Angevines succumb to the perils of factory farming, the road will lose its meaning as it is overrun with development houses, but somehow I believe that the impact of its populist name will remain for decades after the Angevines host their last hayride.
Such is the appeal of user-generated tagging. Certainly, an orderly top-down taxonomy will be clearer and more accurate, but while it makes navigation neat, it can be imposing and unwelcoming. For those of us who have never, say, studied etymology, a taxonomy is not second nature.
I've been neglecting taxonomy (Greek for "arrangement method") in favor of mapping and geography, but this essay points to one of the many reasons why I think the subject areas are related. I'll address this soon, promise.