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   URIs, authorities and expectations of dereferencability

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I've been seeing entries like this, - - [30/Dec/2002:21:06:58 +0000] \
    "GET /seairth/ HTTP/1.0" 404 283

in my HTTP server logs for www.milessabin.com pretty regularly for a 
while now (the source IP is typically a search engine, in this case 
directhit/teoma), and I've been wondering why on earth that should be. 
I assumed it had _something_ to do with Seairth Jacobs, because 
googling for "seairth" pulls up references to him and not a lot else, 
but beyond that I had no clue.

Well, I finally cracked and decided to get to the bottom of it. And what 
do you know? Searching for "seairth sabin" on teoma got me this,


Ironic, no? Even tho' he _didn't_ by his lights have the authority to 
create that URI, the mere act of minting it and posting it to a mailing 
list with a web accessible archive created an expectation on the part 
of several agents that it would be usefully dereferencable.

Which seems to support what I (I hoped uncontroversially) said earlier 
in the same thread,


Happy New Year,

Miles (resolving to to use http://www.example.invalid/ from now on ;-)


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