[uf-discuss] Proposal: hArgument Microformat

John Breslin john.breslin at deri.org
Mon May 21 01:28:30 PDT 2007

An interesting quote from Tim Berners-Lee relevant to typed replies in 

"People are already experimenting with new social machines for online 
peer review, while other tools such as chat rooms developed quite 
independently and before the Web. […] By experimenting with these 
structures, we may find a way to organise new social models that not 
only scale well, but can be combined to form larger structures. […] I’d 
always been frustrated that the essential role of a message in an 
argument was often lost information. […] We created a sub-directory 
called Discussion [… that] allowed people to post questions on a given 
subject, read and respond. A person couldn’t just ‘reply’. He had to say 
whether he was agreeing, disagreeing or asking for clarification of a 
point. The idea was that the state of the discussion would be visible to 
everyone involved."

These links may be of interest...

Eran's reply to my post about mf, SIOC and argumentative discussions:

An existing mf he referenced:

See also IBIS... The "assumption" you mentioned is more of a "question" 
in IBIS that is supported or refuted, etc.

Issue-Based Information Systems:

Some terms in an IBIS vocabulary from Danny Ayers:

I think a hIBIS could be a good idea... We also want to include some 
argumentative discussion features in SIOC.

Costello, Roger L. wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> Michael Crichton says: "The greatest challenge facing mankind is the
> challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from
> propaganda. Perceiving the truth has always been a challenge to
> mankind, but in the information age (or as I think of it, the
> disinformation age) it takes on a special urgency and importance." 

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