[uf-discuss] Regarding POSH and misuse of the microformats logo

Ben Ward lists at ben-ward.co.uk
Thu May 3 02:02:02 PDT 2007

Hi all,

I've obviously been following the recent push to have POSH adopted as  
a buzzword to discourage people from mis-using the term ‘microformat’  
in their semantic endeavours.

Now the whole point of this is to differentiate semantic HTML from  
microformats, discourage the further ambiguation of the terms. So to  
be honest I'm a bit put out by the badges that have been added to  
http://microformats.org/wiki/posh#POSH_Bling_for_your_Blog which  
include the microformats logo.

As part of our ‘community mark’ experiment I'd like to object to that  
usage of the microformats logo and ask those badges be removed.  
Regardless of what anyone thinks of the term, POSH is explicitly  
supposed to be a super-set of microformats, a generic term invented  
to help protect the microformats name from being generalised. If the  
first thing people do — on our own wiki, no less — is tack the  
microformats logo to it then it will do absolutely nothing toward  
that goal, and with all the current hype will only accelerate the  
loss of ‘microformat’ as a name for the Process.

POSH is not a microformat. The documented presence on our wiki is  
acceptable as ‘microformat’ mis-use is a common problem for us, but I  
object to it being presented as part of ‘microformats’ through  
association with the logo. It's just going to cause more confusion.


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