[uf-discuss] spread/marketing

Tantek Ç elik tantek at cs.stanford.edu
Mon Oct 16 10:25:46 PDT 2006

(subject updated)

On 10/16/06 10:15 AM, "Alex Piner" <alexpi at gmail.com> wrote:

> I was not sure if the discuss list was the best place to send the
> "spread the semantic web" message (thanks Chris, for suggesting this).

I'm not even sure it is the right message.

To be frank, IMHO the term "semantic web" has far too much baggage that
would likely drag any effort that uses it, whether using microformats or RDF

It also misses the point of the specific focus of microformats, which is not
actually semantics (because the semantics are there, readable to humans
typically), but to markup *existing* semantics such that the overall content
can be published and consumed in higher fidelity.

> So is this the best place for pure marketing messages?
> Or is this frowned upon?

IMHO pure marketing tends to be frowned upon in general.

That being said, I think we have had some fun with t-shirts, magnifiers,
desktop images etc., and if folks want to help create more such items for
the community, by all means, feel free to discuss that here.

As far as marketing *messages* though, there should be a core
practical/pragmatic purpose and utility in the message, and when there is,
it will spread by itself.  No need to "market" it.



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