On the hobbyDB Database, Subjects are the basis for all of the interconnection on the site. The concept of a "Subject" is something that cannot be owned by an average collector, think characters like Batman or Buzz Lightyear, companies like Mattel or Hard Rock Cafe, and even actors and film franchises like Chris Pratt or The Avengers.
Collectibles (the stuff you as a collector actually own) can be connected to these related subjects to make the database easy to browse and search. As an example, the Marvel Subject page will show all Database Items associated with Marvel, from Pez dispensers, comics to model cars and everything in between. Also listed on these subject pages are other subjects also related to Marvel, like Actors, Artists, Characters, Films, Games, and more.
Subjects are the glue that binds the hobbyDB database together and make it easy for collectors of all kinds to find collectibles based on the way they collect - by Actor, Brand, Character, Series, and so on. This is why it is important that subjects are created and added to carefully in order to maintain the collector-centric organization and searchability of the database.
- Searchable on the site.
- The common links that bind collectibles (the stuff you can own) to fandoms (the incarnation of "why" and "what" you collect).
- Intangible. In most cases, a subject is something you can't put on the shelf and collect. It's the idea behind the thing on your shelf.
Subjects are not...
- Own-able. You can't own Buzz Lightyear the fictional character, but as a collector, you can own an action figure of him.
- Mutually exclusive. A collectible can have multiple Related Subjects.
- Too high-level and thus generic. For example "Military" or "Farm" - Results would be too many to be useful and it would strain our ability to add items to consider adding "Horror", "Movies" or "Transportation" to add to all items.