[uf-discuss] Plants Microformat

Ryan King ryan at technorati.com
Fri Mar 24 14:04:58 PST 2006

On Mar 24, 2006, at 1:23 PM, Andy Mabbett wrote:
> In message <A291E5AE-B5BE-406F-9E1A-AED6838D6227 at randomchaos.com>,  
> Scott
> Reynen <scott at randomchaos.com> writes
>> Do we need to clarify that we're not talking  about plastic plants or
>> photos of plants also?
> Is that really the level of debate, here?

Alright, let's slow down a bit here.

I've so far stayed out of the discussion about a plant microformat,  
mostly because I don't really care about talking about plants on the  

Let's take a step back and think about whether a microformat for  
plants is worthwhile–

Microformats are solutions to common problems, which means they often  
end up being low hanging fruit.

That doesn't mean, however, that all low-hanging-fruit is a common  
problem and a worthwhile effort the community to undertake.

I understand that there are some people, for whom, plants are an  
important part of the Web for them. But, for me (and I suspect many  
others), there are a hundred more important things to work on. We  
already have a number of microformats, in many states of  
completeness. I'm going to focus my energy on those– building tools  
and test cases for them, explaining them to people and building  
consensus around them.

I can't speak for others' time, but mine needs to be spent on more  
pressing matters. And I could use help on them. Lots of help. (hint,  
hint, nudge, nudge)

Also, on a related note, we need to be very careful about creating  
new microformats– remember microformats are not appropriate for every  
use case.


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