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   RE: [xml-dev] Blog Pruning

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A good idea.  In some VRML chat rooms, one 
could use proximity sensors to set the distance 
range for conversations one wanted to read or 
hear.  When there are simultaneous inputs, it 
seems to be a reasonable notion  Thanks, Elliotte.

All: I can understand enabling or disabling the 
comments.  I think they should be enabled.  Pruning 
means, to me, the blogger is editing and in the 
particular case, has comments enabled and only after 
it has appeared, it gets pruned.  IMO, that is a 
dubious thing to do although the US Congress is 
famous for doing it.  In other words, anyone 
can do as they will, but I will be suspicious 
of sanitized conversations and for that reason, 
tend to prefer email lists with good archiving 
and thread tracing.

I think that those who mix product promotion 
with personal blogging should be very leery 
of pruning although the temptation is very 
great.  They may be setting themselves up 
for legal problems later.  It may be the case 
that using a blog to promote a product and 
get feedback on it is a bad idea.  It is 
difficult to separate professional and 
personal blogging from the perspective of 
a public record.  Yet another 'the lawyers 
will sort it out' issue from web technology.


From: Elliotte Rusty Harold [mailto:elharo@metalab.unc.edu]

At 2:39 PM -0600 11/18/03, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:

>How does it make it easier to find the best most thoughtful
>replies in large threads?  I'm not a /. reader.

Regsitered readers can rate the posts they like from 1 to 5. 
Individual readers can set their filters anywhere between 1 and 5. 
For instance, if the filters are set at 4, you'll only see posts 
rated 4 and higher. Want a little more? Set the filters lower. The 
thoughtful posts rise to the top and the unthoughtful ones sink to 
the bottom very quickly. However, all the posts are still there for 
anyone who does what to see them. If you have a particular interest 
in a story, you can easily ask to see all the posts that would 
normally be below your filters.

   Elliotte Rusty Harold
   Effective XML (Addison-Wesley, 2003)


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