[uf-discuss] like that in xFolk?
bud at thecommunityengine.com
Wed Oct 26 19:17:13 PDT 2005
Well, seeing the term xFolk, my ears pricked up.
I think Tantek's example is good. The nice thing about xFolk is that
it is value-free in some sense. It provides a means of expressing
the tags you want.
Groups could agree to use a certain set of tags, perhaps just by
seeing each other do it. We have an example of that here:
But they don't have to and there can be factions, etc., all quite
natural in social interaction.
On Oct 26, 2005, at 20:53, Dr. Ernie Prabhakar wrote:
> Hi Tantek,
> On Oct 26, 2005, at 5:35 PM, Tantek Çelik wrote:
>>> My suspicion is that the RSS/Atom community will probably
>>> on something first
>> Really? Based on what experience?
> Because I strongly suspect that existing video content owners
> (people who own movies and TVs) will start using RSS and/or Atom to
> publish their data, and will naturally look for ways to encode that
> rating information (which is a valuable marketing tool).
>>> (since they'll mirror the issues that led movies, TV, and records
>>> to get ratings),
>> Why would you choose those heavily regulated parallels as opposed
>> to say
>> *internet* parallels like email, netnews, instant messaging, mp3s,
>> none of which have any kind of critical mass of official ratings.
> I'm not saying we *have* to use them. I'm saying that people who
> care will *want* to use something, and these will at least provide
> a specific well-defined standard that gives people some baseline.
> Look, I'm not trying to force anybody to do anything. However, I
> do believe there are content creators -- and aggregators -- who
> *would* like some simple way to tag content to enable and ease
> *consumer* level filtering. Because of that, I think the first
> large, credible group to come up with a reasonably useful rating
> scheme will be widely imitated.
> Given that US TV shows are the first to be sold on the Internet,
> I'd be willing to bet a meal -- well, lunch :-) -- that those
> ratings will become the de facto standard for rating online
> content -- for those who care:
> Perhaps most content creators won't, but I suspect many popular
> aggregators will require some such ratings, and it will be simpler
> to just standardize on something like this.
> -- Ernie P.
> Ernest N. Prabhakar, Ph.D. <drernie at opendarwin.org>
> Ex-Physicist, Marketing Weenie, and Dilettante Hacker
> Probe-Hacker blog: http://www.opendarwin.org/~drernie/
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