[uf-new] Re: Comment Questions

Scott Reynen scott at makedatamakesense.com
Sat Nov 15 08:31:37 PST 2008

On [Nov 15], at [ Nov 15] 9:07 , Martin McEvoy wrote:

>> This is not a discussion of formats, it's a discussion of what people
>> do. How can you discuss creating a microformat if you're not
>> discussing what people are doing?
> I cant answer that David, the discussion needs to be consolidated  
> and re-thought (the same as this discussion was)

I suggest everyone go back and re-examine (and potentially re-state)  
their proposals in terms of how they address the problem statement for  
the collected examples.  That common ground seems to have been largely  
lost in this discussion.  It's easy to start talking around an assumed  
definition of something as common as a comment, but it's crucial to  
stay focused on real world examples.  Before proposing markup for  
nested comments, we should look at examples to see if that's a common  
pattern.  Before proposing markup for links back to the source, we  
should look at the examples to see if such links commonly exist.   
Maybe everyone has already done this, but it's hard to tell.  Knowing  
how our own proposals are based in the examples is not enough; for  
this collaborative effort, we need to explain the connections to  
everyone else.

Scott Reynen

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