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From: Greg Colyer [mailto:greg-xml@elysium.ltd.uk]

>Well, crediting your sources is all very good and honourable, but 
>omitting to do so is hardly new. 

Doesn't make it right.  Do that in a modern journal or even a 
newspaper and one can send a career right down the tubes.  Do 
it in a blog and given the environment, one can be credited 
instantly by some large number of other bloggers and it hardens 
like an 80/20 standard.  But over time, slowly and not without 
some pain, people do see through such things.  HP is helping. 
That is cool.

This isn't uniform at all levels of communication.  I don't 
expect someone to cite Homer in a casual conversation about 
the Trojan War.  If they quote him in a blog, I expect it. 
If they quote him in an academic paper, I demand it, or the 
student flunks.   What can happen now that HP has worked out 
the technology is that a rating service based on the quality 
of the work can be created.  That offsets the power of the 
blogging keiretsu.



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