To whom it may concern:
I am a new user of wordpress.com. In addition to being a new WordPress user, I also have the background of a Computer Scientist. With these qualifications, I feel I can say with at least a modest amount of authority that the model of pages and posts is not intuitive and inhibits useful/natural functionality.
Here I will describe what I mean by that last statement. It makes no sense to me that there should be a differentiation between the "write post" and "write page" functionalities. Making such a distinction between a 'regular post' and a 'page post' blocks off the ability to attach categories to page posts. It seems to me that all content in my blog should be able to be searched for via a category search so that content isn't 'hidden' from users.
I think it would be a better model to have all content be in the form of a 'regular post.' So, under the "Write" section of account management, there should only be a "Write post" section. Each post should provide categorizing capabilites, in addition to allowing the selection of a 'page parent.' This feature would allow the blogger to add a post to the main page or to any of the other user-created pages as a way to further organize their content in addition to the categorizations.
Perhaps I still don't understand the layout of wordpress.com enough to see how the existing system might be more sensical than I currently comprehend. The only thing I know is that it took me quite a while to understand the current model, and I am frustrated that I can't add categories to my page posts.