I’ve been meaning to write a version of the aphorism “those who can, do; those who can’t, teach” to say something derogatory about metadata. Something like “those who can, code; those who can’t, twitter about metadata standards.” But it doesn’t flow and like the “teach” version, is highly contestable. Plus, I’m projecting.
However, I realized that the general pattern of this aphorism is that those who can’t, do something “meta” relative to those who can, e.g., an extension of “teach” is “… those who can’t teach, administrate.”
Presumably those who can’t administrate, run for school board. And those who can’t write a pointed aphorism, write about aphorisms.
All of the “can’t” statements are metadata about a subject that does something more meta than the things he can’t do.
So I got my metadata out of it after all.