Do we really need a definition of (web) genre?
Once we are convinced that genre is useful, do we really need a definition? We could just say that: genre is a classificatory principle based on a number of attributes.
Well, easy to say 🙂
Without a theoretical definition and characterization of the concept of genre, it is not clear: how to create a genre taxonomy that both humans and automatic classifiers can easily discriminate against; how to select representative corpus for the genre classes in the taxonomy, since there is a lot of variation in users’ assessment; how to identifiy the optimal genre–revealing features…