[uf-discuss] Idea: beginners/getting started list

Chris Messina chris.messina at gmail.com
Tue Oct 10 18:47:20 PDT 2006

The -dev list has been pretty dead since June... so it might be good
to push it forward... however the distinction between -dev and
-discuss is lost on me, since -discuss is used almost exclusively by
the community for all bidness.

According to the site [1], we have:

* microformats-discuss: This is a public list for discussion of
microformats. Unmoderated, open subscription.

* microformats-announce: A list for announcements related to
microformats. Microformats-discuss is automatically subscripted.
Moderated, open subscription.

* microformats-dev: This is a public list for discussion of
microformats implementations. Unmoderaded, closed subscription (only
those with a implementation).

* microformats-rest: This is a public list for discussion of using
microformats as a data encoding for REST web services. Unmoderated,
open subscription.

So what if we changed the definition of -dev to:

* microformats-dev: This is a public list for discussion of
implementating microformats. Unmoderated, open subscription.

If there were to be a new list, perhaps we call it:

* microformats-suggest: This is a public list for proposing new
microformats that have gone through the process [2]. Unmoderated, open

Once a format has been vetted (briefly) on the "suggest" list
("propose"), it could be moved to -discuss and then -dev. That way we
funnel all the new proposals to -suggest and leave the -discuss list
for talking about the existing formats -- and -dev for actually
*working with* microformats.



[1] http://microformats.org/discuss/
[2] http://microformats.org/wiki/process

On 10/10/06, Tantek Çelik <tantek at cs.stanford.edu> wrote:
> On 10/10/06 4:54 PM, "Ben Buchanan" <wzqtptl02 at sneakemail.com> wrote:
> >> So that's the idea for discussion. It may be naive. My motivation is to
> >> reach to the average designer and developer folk in a way that's
> >> accessible to them.
> >> Thoughts?
> >
> > A lot of the reasons you've raised might also apply to people who
> > simply want to *implement* uf rather than get into the discussions
> > about creating them in the first place. I wonder if one list could
> > server that need as well as the newcomers? Just a thought.
> What about creating a new list for *new* microformats, and keep
> microformats-discuss for general discussion, helping newcomers and new
> implementers alike?
> Implementers that have actually published an implementation should add
> themselves to the "implementations" wiki page and *then* subscribe to the
> microformats-dev list.
> Thanks,
> Tantek
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