[uf-discuss] What does "draft" mean? (was: Citation IRC Meet-up Time)

Scott Reynen scott at randomchaos.com
Mon Apr 10 11:37:39 PDT 2006

On Apr 10, 2006, at 11:20 AM, Tantek Çelik wrote:

> One poor job does not deserve another - this line of argument NEVER
> justifies poor behavior.

I intentionally avoided making any line of argument, as I thought  
simply asking for clarification would be more productive.  Apparently  
I was wrong about that, as the inferred line of argument (don't use  
the process) is pretty much the opposite of the one I avoided making  
(encourage use of the process through clarification).  So here's my  
line of argument:

Exceptions to the process should be clearly identified and explained  
to avoid confusion between the exception and  the rule.  It's nice to  
keep pointing people to the process page, but that's analogous to  
pointing people to the HTML spec.  People imitate examples more than  
we follow rules.  When someone looks at the hcard pages and sees no  
collection of real-world publishing of contact data nor discussion of  
the properties implied by such examples, I think it's far too easy to  
infer that microformats come from other formats more than actual  
behavior.  There's nothing on the process nor the hcard pages  
explaining this discrepancy.  I would argue that there should be an  
explanation, probably in both places.  If design patterns don't  
follow the process, I would argue that this distinction should be  
clearly documented and explained.


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