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- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <email@example.com>
- To: Paul Tchistopolskii <firstname.lastname@example.org>, xml-dev <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2000 11:09:42 -0600
We're drifting away from ontology and
the semantic web because I have a hard
time believing people have the motivation
to create false ontologies, but I've
been fooled before and have to remember
those hate sites out there which use
any distortion to recruit members
and by dint of creating their own
authorities, can game.
Cheating on indexes of citation is
easy. The heart of propaganda is
to make the lie of truth by repeating it often
enough to people who will then repeat it
for you. The term is "gaming" and it is
done every day by "shills". You must have
never been in a rock band working a circuit
or looked at how hard mp3.com has to work
to stop it and they aren't that successful.
In the music business, you can buy your way to
the top ten of the music charts although a
number one is too expensive to justify it.
Expense is the problem of using gaming and
that makes citation indexes one of the more
reliable metrics, not that it is intrinsically
more reliable but that it is expensive to
cheat. The web is probably a cheaper medium
for gaming, but only money matters.
Who believed those who predicted
quite accurately that buying position in a
ranking was the cheapest way to get hits?
When the dot.coms started to starve, the
membership email lists, all the traffic
they could trap and track, email, the
works went on the auction block. Google
can use tech over dollars, but they have
to eat too, so we still have to check.
That is why authority and credentials
are so important as you note. Even then,
unless one pays attention, one can game that
too. You are right about the need to
use multiple means of verification.
"Trust but verify" is a Russian proverb
I read somewhere. When my son and I
worked on the Enola Gay article, two
different topics returned the most hits:
actual pages on the aircraft, its history
and crew, and a rock band in North Carolina.
Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h
From: Paul Tchistopolskii [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
"Index of citation" works because it is almost impossible to abuse it.
Any company can spend money on banner ads, verbose 'meta'-based 'hooks'
e .t.c, but usually only really important pages ( scientific publications )
are quoted by other pages ( publications ) !