I keep catching myself using both thoughts and types redundantly. Both are very similar ( a type is a special kind of thought -- right?), and both have an inherent hierarchy. Of course, types can have only one parent, while thoughts are not limited that way, and I've never seen a report for "parentless types".
I have not been able to come up with a consistent rule for when to use one or the other, and often, I've found some utility (not much, but some) in having the same name for a thought and a type.
So, for example, I have a parent thought called "issues", and it has child thoughts like "environment" or "economics" So far, there isn't anything inherent in these relationships to suggest that some or all of them should be either a thought or a type. (Don't get me started on tags -- they're great).
No, lets talk about tags, too. These things are like hammers, when you have one everything looks like a nail. But a nail is a fastener, and it might be anodized. It is definitely made of some metal or other, OR other non-metal (they are out there - trust me). A nail is not a screw, but in a pinch you can hammer in a screw (not recommended) Then there is the intended use for the nail, how long it is, how wide it is, what kind of a head does it have? Etc.
Clearly you could use thoughts, types, and tags in a million different permutations, just with nails, and none of the ways would be WRONG. Argh.
What say you good people?
Be vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbit.