[uf-discuss] XGN & Grou.ps

Frances Berriman fberriman at gmail.com
Fri Aug 24 04:24:18 PDT 2007

On 24/08/07, emre sokullu <esokullu at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I'm Emre Sokullu from Grou.ps (also Read/WriteWeb and hakia.com)
> First of all, I want to announce you the **early** adoption of XFN and
> hCard standards on our site - check out
> http://readwriteweb.grou.ps/people/ricmac as an example - We have more
> than 60,000 members an 7,000 groups, so I hope this is gonna be a good
> example case for XFN especially. We were already supporting OpenID and
> are willing to embrace all standards and semantic properties.
> Anyway, my main point is the following: while playing with XFN, I've
> seen that XFN is very individual centric, it defines relations of a
> person with others. Why not making something similar for Groups and
> evaluate relations from the group perspective - like rel="admin"
> rel="new active" etc etc...

I think the difficulty with attribute values like that is they're
really context sensitive. So what's an "admin" on one site is
something else on another - they're very tricky to define globally.  I
think there's a need for studying in general if the existing XFN
attributes *are* enough (but perhaps aren't being utilised in the
right way or to their full potential - finding out how it is that
people are using them to date), and if not, what do sites in general

There's been discussions in the past about some of the existing
attributes not being especially well, or clearly, defined so that as
an exercise alone may be beneficial as a first step.

Frances Berriman

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