[uf-discuss] Re: MicroFormat, Ltd.

Chris Messina chris.messina at gmail.com
Wed Nov 8 13:04:53 PST 2006

Hey Mike, I don't think that Rohit was talking about you specifically.
In fact, I'll take the heat for bringing this up and stoking the
embers in the first place.

Rohit et al's points stand: this isn't the place to discuss legal
matters, nor to conjecture about what might or might not happen.

I should have been a bit wiser about bringing it up on the open web;
personally I've learned a valuable lesson and am glad to have such
competent stewardship guiding the list generally.

I'd be happy to see this matter retired for now as there's nothing
else of good use that can come from further conjectures. My apologies
for bringing this up and causing a stir; now let's get back to the
core goal of this list and look at what we can submit for the Web 2.0


On 11/8/06, Mike Schinkel <mikeschinkel at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> suggest we all calm down
> Just for the record, I was never no calm about it. I only brought it up as
> something to be aware of and then several people responded that (in essense)
> my concerns were invalid, and I was simply replying that I disagreed and
> felt that it was a "potential" issue.  I'm totally calm about it; I just
> felt them need to clarify things so as to be lucid about the situation.
> >> this list is *not* the place to begin throwing around legal concerns.
> That feels like a slap at me, so I'm going to slap back.
> You may feel that way, but there has been no related-guidance prior to this
> email.  As sich I do not appreciate being chastized in a public forum for
> voilating your choice of how you would like things to be handled when your
> guidance on how to handle the situation was given in retrospect.
> Respectfully,
> -Mike Schinkel
> http://www.mikeschinkel.com/blogs/
> http://www.welldesignedurls.org/
> -----Original Message-----
> From: microformats-discuss-bounces at microformats.org
> [mailto:microformats-discuss-bounces at microformats.org] On Behalf Of Rohit
> Khare
> Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 12:08 PM
> To: microformats-discuss at microformats.org
> Subject: [uf-discuss] Re: MicroFormat, Ltd.
> > The registered owner of the domain
> Umm, as the "owner," I'd like to suggest we all calm down and let things
> lie. As the actual registrant of the domains microformats.org/com under the
> auspices of CommerceNet, LLC, I'm sure that any issues of our proper use of
> it would fall under the rubric of our continued informal support of the
> microformats community. (We're an independent think tank that grew out of a
> nonprofit membership consortium in the 90's - for more, check out our
> website )
> But more prosaically, one of the achievements of the cooperative
> microformats effort is that it *has not* required a lot of 'process'
> -- and that, even so, this list is *not* the place to begin throwing around
> legal concerns.
> This is a public, archived forum, and without reference to the merits of
> anyone's points made today, this is one of the very few categories of things
> that I suggest should be addressed directly to me (or
> Tantek) before escalating to the community.
> Thanks,
>   Dr. Rohit Khare
>   Director, CommerceNet Labs (Consulting)
> ---
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