QUOTE(Jill @ Feb 20 2006, 10:28 AM)
I do think if the moderators here are game, that I'd like to try a High Rankings version of definitions, because I'm 100% sure they would be very different from what might get put up at Rand's site, since his audience is very different than ours.
I started this thread primarily to see if others in the community also saw a benefit in a common nomenclature from which more precise and productive communications might occur. Admittedly, I also wanted to see if Jill had any interest in collaborating on such a project.
I have given a good deal of thought as to how a common vocabulary could best be developed. There are many issues to address not the least of which being how to secure widespread adoption. Very good points have been made both in support of and against this project. However the main issue always seemed to come back to acceptance.
Initially when I suggested that a controlled vocabulary could be applied at smaller scales I was thinking about scaling down the problem of widespread acceptance while simultaneously creating a more controlled environment for "debugging".
Reading everyone's input on this subject has refined my understanding of the issues involved and I think that Jill has hit the nail on the head by raising the point about the different audiences that various SEO resources draw. This is an important factor to take into account and one that I feel answers the widespread adoption question.
I think that it's clear that a common SEO vocabulary should not be created for the purpose of universal adoption. The intricacies of the craft cannot be codified into a single unifying vocabulary that will be advantageous and acceptable to everyone. I think now (even more so than before) that a specialized approach is the optimal approach as this will:
Eliminate the issue of acceptance by defining areas of participation i.e. "When you are communicating here, it will be commonly understood that ________ means this. So if what you are trying to say is ________ then you will need to say _______." etc.
Eliminate the issue of identifying the "best" or most accurate definitions by encouraging the development of multiple unique vocabularies, thereby creating a darwinian system that eliminates less usable vocabularies "naturally" by starving them of participation.
Increase the possibility of a commonly accepted vocabulary being adopted (in the future) by virtue of the elimination process, which is fueled by popular acceptance.
This approach may seem impractical and possibly inconvenient in some cases, but I feel that the end justifies the means.
If for nothing other than attempting to resolve what is at best a chaotic communication environment, which unfortunately is frequently manipulated by less than ethical individuals
much to the detriment of their clients and consequently the industry as a whole.
In other words: While my only personal interest lies in assisting the development of a High Rankings vocabulary, I strongly encourage external resources to do the same.