I use a "death" model to organize my content.
Projects and individual items have a life cycle from birth and life, to death and interment. There is also well-defined horror-fantasy terminology for "undeath".
maybe more will be written, but this seems to be good for now.
This is especially useful for building lists. For WordPress, tags may be manipulated to refine a list. So any list, like software or WordPress plugins, can be refined to see what I currently use (live), used to use (dead), etc.
Live: Actively being used or worked on.
This is a list that should be kept as short as possible, as I'm only one person and diffusing my interests thins out what I can reasonably accomplish.
Live items may be "killed" to be either dead or zombie.
(Zombie): Waiting or otherwise "on hold"
Undeath; think "the walking dead".
- Zombie projects
- Software I have in my toolkit, but don't actively use
(Dead): Unused and whose remains are here for reference for myself or others.
Dead, think corpse, grave, cairn.
Not all items are properly #interred. Sometimes I have very rough notes here, sometimes they need to be ported from some earlier content management system, and sometimes there are other things like screenshots which have to be reviewed and included or deleted before an item can be #interred.
- Maybe my interests changed.
- Maybe I tried but don't like it. Maybe I changed my operating system and can't use it any more.
- Maybe I stopped because I don't like it, or the show has concluded or been canceled.
(Interred): Dead, and entombed with all associated material.
Dead, think crypt, tomb, catacomb.
2018-04-01 - Though I've had the idea in mind, this is a state I haven't started properly using yet, probably because it's so hard to actually inter most (maybe all) of my projects.
State changes ∞
- port -- Generally referring migrating something into my new style of managing things.
- Shove -- Moving things between contexts
- Resurrect -- Bringing something back (from the dead) to life.
Kill -- Killing a live item. Sometimes applied to a zombie item.
- Variations are possible, like murder.
- This is "the big sleep"; taking a project and putting it away so completely I'll probably never refer to it again. This is very rarely possible, as I usually have associated files.
Port -- Import items from one content management system to another. This is something like resurrection.