[microformats-discuss] Re: Educationg Others
danny.ayers at gmail.com
Wed Oct 5 13:45:48 PDT 2005
On 10/5/05, Mark Pilgrim <pilgrim at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 10/5/05, Danny Ayers <danny.ayers at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Nope, your example misses the long tail point entirely.
> Well, we could play virtual optometrist, where I try to guess what you
> mean, and you shoot them down one at a time. Or you could try to
> explain yourself better.
Ok, the long tail idea is not just about the case of 3 people who post
a picture of their albino cat jumping over a fence while wearing a
sombrero, versus the 10,000 people doing the same. It is about those
first 3 people, plus the 4 fence-jumping fedora-wearing albino cats,
plus the 2 fence-jumping fedora-wearing black-and-white cats...the
aggregated total of all of which may be well into the millions.
Each of these individual groups represents an edge case. You certainly
wouldn't want to create a format for each. But by the same token, a
format that dumbs down to the lowest common denominator (say, "cats")
is throwing much of the interesting information away from each of
The way I think this may relate to the microformat development
process, is that by automatically rejecting edge cases on the basis
that they *are* edge cases, you may lose much of the potential value.
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