Apple keeps trying to eliminate the folder hierarchy metaphor in favor of saved searches, and stacks, and whatever else they come up with. Gmail does the same—“no need to sort, just save everything and search it!”, they advertise.

A lot of people are playing into this anti-folder bias—just one example:

Why after 20 plus years are we still having to navigate folders in order to find something on a hard drive?

Here’s another one.

This kinda bugs me. There are lots of times where a nicely hierarchized compartmentalized folder structure is really useful. For instance, I keep everything related to a class in a folder, and all my class prep notes in a folder within that. The next time I teach the class, I browse through the previous class notes to see what I did.

When you aren’t sure what you are looking for, search isn’t very helpful.

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