Since I seem to be settling on 'Gumpa' as my primary brand* it seems only right to act my age and channel some codger energy. Hey you kids, GET OFF MY LAWN. This is my first post which will be tagged TISW.
The metaphors used to discuss hierarchal data organization are SO wrong.
Take the file system.
It's often described as a tree, a tree with the root at the top, you descend to the files, which I've seen analagized as leaves.
Im my world trees don't have roots at the top and leaves at the bottom, in my world 'to descend' is to go down.
No wonder I've always felt somewhat slow in understanding explanations of file hierarchies, a small matter of their up being my down and visa-versa. Not to mention that file systems are not tree-like, they are container-like. Files are 'in' directories, not 'attached to' as leaves are to a branch.
I don't currently have suggestions for improvements, but it seems like it should be possible to provide a mental image that doesn't require hanging upside down to resolve the cognitive dischord.
Maybe the original work on this was done by bat-geeks at night, when they are upside down. No, they tend to be in caves, no trees in caves. I Know! it was the sloths. Of course, sloths live in trees, upside down, trees with roots at the top would make perfect sense to them.
Darn you sloths, TISW
* TODO acronymize gumpa