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Danny Ayers

Coincidentally I'm working on a semi-refutation of Cory's piece. Only semi- because I too agree with most of his arguments, just not his conclusions. The biggest fault is the implication that every single piece of metadata has to be hand-crafted - definitely not. Let the machine do the work whenever possible. Also the either/or angle on explicit (title="something", Semantic Web) and implicit (text/link analysis, Google) metadata. Personally I think we'll really start to see the benefit of both aproaches when they are used *together*.

Have a good conference!

David Sifry

You're dead-on right, and so is Cory. I hate getting cynical and turning into an old fart, but I've learned to never underestimate (or overestimate) human nature. :-)

We technologists and early adopters tend to see the positive nature of our inventions, and overlook the issues of abuse, at least initially.

I wrote commentary on a new self-categorization metadata format proposal called Easy News Topics the other day. I fear that this new type of self-created metadata will soon become awash with spammers and other bad actors, and will become as diluted as the META keyword tag of old.

My commentary is here: http://www.sifry.com/alerts/archives/000282.html

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