RE: [RSS-DEV] Results from RSS survey

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From: Jeff Jarrell (
Date: Wed Sep 06 2000 - 09:33:34 PDT


I read your comments and like to emphatically agree with respect to
cultural issues. I am originally from Colorado, lived in California for
a couple of years, and presently have lived and worked in NY\NJ the past
8-9 years. I have worked in the financial district and gone toe to toe
with vendors who are doing everything they can to get their product on a
traders desk. To the outsider it looks loud, aggressive, and obnoxious,
yet after getting all of that I have had people, come back and say "ya
got some stones, now we can get some work done". And from these tenuous
beginnings became some very good working relationships.

Now, I work in less aggressive areas and now and then the old me comes
back, right into the face of the un-suspecting. Needless, to say I have
had situations not go my way, simply because someone took offense at my
direct style. I have always said, I can deal with the issues if you
voice them (if it is loud it is ok), but if you keep quite and stew
about them, I can't help you.

In the context of this RSS discussion, I think I too was surprised as it
was announced as 1.0 before I even really knew it was being worked on.
I am a relative newbie to the Internet realm and I really like what I
see in terms of community process. I am disappointed in myself that I
haven't been able to keep up with the necessary reading and technical
issues. I am even on vacation this week and doing a lot of reading and
I still can't keep up.


 -----Original Message-----
From: Dave Winer []
Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2000 11:17 AM
To: foRK;;;;
Cc: David Sims
Subject: [RSS-DEV] Results from RSS survey

Good morning!

I'd like to report on the results in the survey I ran yesterday, asking
to evolve RSS.

As of 8AM Pacific, 217 people participated.

4 -- It's fine exactly as it is, don't change a thing.

95 -- Add a few elements so it can become richer. It's a maturing format
with a large installed base, it needs to grow slowly to fit the needs of
content developers and aggregators, but keep it simple, that's the
thing it's got going for it.

26 -- Add namespaces so developers can use the Dublin Core and create
own vocabularies. This is a good thing to do because it avoids silly
innovations like the "blink" tag, as happened in the browser wars
Microsoft and Netscape.

49 -- Add namespaces as above and add required elements that make it
part of
RDF, so developers can build new kinds of databases and search engines
will do dramatic new things, not just with syndicated Web content, but
kinds of information.

15 -- I don't have an opinion about how RSS should evolve.

28 -- I don't understand the issues well enough to offer an opinion at

In addition to Scripting News readers, members of the following mail
were invited to particpate: the syndication, rss-dev and radio-userland
lists on eGroups, Cameron Barrett and Phil Suh's CMS list, and the
registrants of channels on My.UserLand.Com.

I posted my observations and conclusions on these results in yesterday's
Scripting News.


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