[uf-discuss] hAlias vs hCard

Scott Reynen scott at randomchaos.com
Tue Oct 3 09:09:54 PDT 2006

On Oct 3, 2006, at 11:04 AM, Lachlan Hunt wrote:

>> The motivation to have and offer one's alias is to maintain a  
>> greater level of privacy. Suppose I want to give someone a way to  
>> contact me without divulging all my vital (more permanent and  
>> personal) attributes. Sort of a disposable email, or such...
>> Basically, I want a way to introduce myself and provide some  
>> contact information without requiring a full disclosure.
>> Schema-wise this is really just a handle, optional description,  
>> and URL.
> The information you put in your hCard is up to you.  You can just  
> write an hCard with a nickname, url, a disposable e-mail address  
> and whatever description you like.  There is no reason to define a  
> new format for that.

Yeah, I'm confused about this.  Isn't the whole point of having an  
alias to keep it distinct from your normal identity?  Identifying it  
as an alias of your normal identity seems to defeat that purpose.


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