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Taxonomy is the science of classifying things. It is often modeled after the formal system of Linnaean taxonomy in biology, which is a strictly hierarchical system. But not all objects or subjects fall into neatly hierarchical patterns of categories, and in such cases non-hierarchical taxonomies may be appropriate.

It should be noted that even where the things being categorized are real, natural objects, the categories used are human inventions, and generally represent a theory about how the objects should be classified. Often more than one theory can be rationally supported. This is even more true when classifying human artifacts.

The taxonomy of spanking art is part of the Spanking Art wiki's Mission statement.

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