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With good search and tagging, is there any benefit to hierarchical folders for managing information?

With good search and tagging, is there any benefit to hierarchical folders for managing information?

I was having this debate with someone about our company's WIKI as well as our email system. We were trying to decide, now that we have tagging and pretty good search, if there is ever a case where having information stored in a hierarchy is beneficial at all and worth the effort.

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Guest [Entry]

"You have to think less with hierarchical folders. It's like multiple choice... ""Well, it either goes in this folder or that folder"".

Tagging is like going into a restaurant where there's no menu. You just ask for what you want. Works well for some people, but some people's brains can't handle it.

Also for less tech savvy users, they don't necessarily understand the tag metaphor as easily as they would understand the filing cabinet / folder analogy."
Guest [Entry]

"Well, you have tags and then you can have folder hierarchy as yet another dimension to file indexing. Files sharing the same name need to be moved to different folders. And this is an important aspect for anyone keeping several revisions of the same file, for instance.

But another reason is the fact NTFS volumes actually are slower than FAT when accessing folders with a large number of files. FAT32 are considerably faster. Just so you have an idea, a 10,000 file folder on a NTFS volume takes around 4 times more time to open than a similar folder on FAT32. You can reduce the impact by turning off 8.3 file naming and last access date file updating. But this is only a marginal improvement."