[uf-discuss] hCard slowing adoption of microformats?

Samuel Richter mephtu at gmail.com
Thu Dec 11 18:29:17 PST 2008

I've been asked by Tantek not to make "reductio-ad-absurdem" analogies
but, I'm not convinced what I'm going to say is a reductio ad absurdem
argument as I think it exposes how we are thinking about the issue at
hand.  So, this is the question I'm asking myself:  Thieves have been
picking locks for centuries, should we give them the keys, too?

On Mon, Dec 8, 2008 at 10:18 PM, Michael MD <mdagn at spraci.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 5:58 PM, Tantek Celik <tantek at cs.stanford.edu>
>> wrote:
>>> Such companies are already going to far greater extents to scrape
>>> anything resembling contact information (without really caring about false
>>> >>positives etc since as your quotes point out quantity is their game) from
>>> text, HTML etc on the web using text entity recognizers etc.
> Spammers have been scraping email addresses from websites for years without
> needing to look at hCard.
> Giving users options to choose what is displayed on their profiles sounds
> like the way to go.
> (whether or not those profiles are marked up with hCard)
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