Continuing the discussion from Shouldn’t you be able to tag with multiple categories?:
[quote=“caderoux, post:1, topic:256, full:true”]A LOT of forums try to help with a huge volume of users by having an entire hierarchy of forums. The problem with this is that things SPAN categories…
This is where I think allowing multiple categories (a la SO tags) would be a better solution to the extensive hierarchy of sub forums which a lot of big popular forums tend to use to help users find things and track things.[/quote]
Another problem, perhaps: It’s been my experience that on large forums, the subcategories are to not only to make information easier to find, but to also keep people away from each other. For instance, ArsTechnica keeps all platform zealots segregated in their own subcategories and has one special category dedicated to relentless arguing over superiority.
Having a good reputation in one category may, in practice, mean that you are less likely to contribute constructively to another. I guess what I’m curious about is whether the system of reputation and points can be confined to particular categories, as opposed to forum-wide.