[microformats-discuss] xFolk revision on the wiki
bud at thecommunityengine.com
Sat Jul 9 20:31:29 PDT 2005
On Jul 9, 2005, at 18:00, Tantek Çelik wrote:
> On 7/8/05 6:52 AM, "Bud Gibson" <bud at thecommunityengine.com> wrote:
> One minor naming nit:
> I think we should put the XMDP profile for a spec in a wiki page
> that is the
> name of the spec with "-profile" appended, e.g.
You know, I wondered about this. I'll fix it tomorrow. I suppose
the intention is for people to link to the wiki page for their xmdp,
right? That just now hit me as how it would work.
BTW, I've come to the conclusion that the wiki format is much more
natural for doing this sort of thing. The super-easy revisions,
letting other (sane, hopefully) folks contribute, and versioning are
Also, I think the template you have worked out through your previous
efforts is spot-on for succinct communication with the developer
community. I put myself through the pain of recasting xFolk into
wiki form because that goal seemed worth it.
One thought: why not boilerplate a version of that for microformats
proposals (I may just do this) and then as people have bright ideas
they could just fill that out and post it for reaction. We would
then have an archive of all of the ideas that is searchable.
We could put this in a section of the site called microformat
brainstorming. People who had bright ideas would have to fill out
the form (has to be something in there about past practice) which
imposes a sort of cost (not too high though). Getting your thing out
of microformat brainstorming would require getting some sort of
critical mass of test cases and a few implementations.
Debate could take place in the talk pages of the wiki.
I could go on and on, but I'll wait for reactions.
Pluses: (1) A structured way for ideas to bubble up; (2) An archive
of ideas (good and bad); (3) A format for improving and perhaps
radically altering proposals that does not take up email bandwidth.
Negatives: (1) Do people really understand micrformats well enough to
do this? (2) Once something is on an archive, people think it is real
maybe making it harder to give up on loser ideas; (3) The potential
for pages to become objects of acrimonious debate (e.g., Dave Winer's
complaints about podcasting).
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