[uf-discuss] hCard slowing adoption of microformats?
tantek at cs.stanford.edu
Fri Nov 28 14:58:15 PST 2008
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.
As long as you only markup already public information with hCard (or any other microformat), the effect is negligible on such companies, while it enables and benefits users and developers of user-centric apps, thus providing a net positive effect.
From: "Samuel Richter" <mephtu at gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2008 16:48:38
To: Microformats Discuss<microformats-discuss at microformats.org>
Subject: Re: [uf-discuss] hCard slowing adoption of microformats?
Using gmail, I happened to spy a list of supported links, here's one of them:
Custom Web Scraping
Data Extraction & Mining Service
Buy up to 20,000 Records for $75.00
This reinforces the seriousness of the issue in my mind. If hCards
are used as indiscriminately as the data in these websites, it would
just pipeline the same information to companies of this ilk.
On Sat, Nov 22, 2008 at 9:45 AM, David Janes <davidjanes at blogmatrix.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 22, 2008 at 9:13 AM, Samuel Richter <mephtu at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I read some blog posts this morning on microformats and a common
>> concern (and I feel a legitimate one) is the "scraping of hCard's from
>> web sites for future generations of spammers." I believe that fear,
>> if left unaddressed, will kill the microformat effort. Has there been
>> any discussion of this?
> You weren't going to fill us in on the URLs, were you?
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