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Infrae · Who is In­frae.­com? And why the flam­ing hell are were they repli­cat­ing the full text from on­go­ing, and do­ing the same to Jon Udel­l, Dare Obasan­jo, and Paul Everit­t? This re­al­ly seems over the top. Who­ev­er you are, please stop now. [Up­date: It has been point­ed out that this may fall with­in the terms of my Creative Com­mons li­cense. I guess they’re at­tribut­ing prop­er­ly, and it doesn’t look like they’re charg­ing. On the oth­er hand, this looks like it may be a prod­uct de­mo, and that would be skat­ing close to the line. Hm­ph.] [Up­date: In­frae, who do Zope stuff, seem to be a de­cent bunch of peo­ple; Mar­ti­jn Faassen, one of their founder­s, sent a nice note ex­plain­ing that this was in­deed a de­mo of their Sil­va pro­duc­t. And they’ve tak­en it all down; thanks.]
 
Wikipedia Repair · Dave Winer’s right, the Wikipedia’s ar­ti­cle on RSS is a crock. Dave’s gripe is that it’s “highly political”, mine is that it’s just wrong: for ex­am­ple, the in­tro­duc­to­ry bit sug­gests that full-content feeds are im­pos­si­ble. Al­so, it’s badly-organized. Dave’s prob­lem is go­ing to be hard­er to ad­dress be­cause RSS it­self is high­ly po­lit­i­cal; but at least the po­lit­i­cal nar­ra­tive should be co­her­en­t. Any­how, it would be nice if some­one level-headed were to take re­spon­si­bil­i­ty for it. I cur­rent­ly ride herd on two or three oth­er ar­ti­cles and that’s all my Wikipedia cy­cles. It’s not as hard as you might think, and here’s why: the kinds of peo­ple who want to put stupid, ir­rel­e­van­t, badly-written junk in the Wikipedia in my ex­pe­ri­ence are eas­i­ly dis­cour­aged. Just hang in, keep on fix­ing things they break and ex­plain­ing why in a calm tone of voice on the Dis­cus­sion page, and pret­ty soon they go away.
 
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