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From: 'Alan Gutierrez' [mailto:alan-xml-dev@engrm.com]

    Shorter link:


    Perhaps that's all I'm on about. A simple way for people to
    record their opinions about a document, in a fashion that is
    It could be a transform that I'd apply to someone else's
    content, as you noted. I'd thought that it would be a way to
    attach a ranking, and have that ranking attributed to an
    individual, so one could follow an opinion back to it's source,
    and draw conclusions about bias from their experience with the
    source, or rather find opinions starting from a source. 

That is an annotation system.  Out-of-line links plus a 
categorizer would work.  The UIMA system can do that.

The phrase 'hidden couplers' originally comes from 
chaos theory.  It is not my idea. Google is still pretty 
bad at finding that sort of thing probably precisely because it 
does rank.

BTW, one obtains experience, hard-won or otherwise, from 
many kinds of experience.  The ability or inability to 
discern the patterns and correctly assess root causes 
across domains is the best test of intelligence.

The culture pushes for more freedom; the culture 
pushes back.  Top-down systems abhor loss of opinion 
control. Because 'attention-getters' transit to 'higher 
media orbits', games being played include:

o Edit links OUT of prominent portals by removing 
them or refusing to let the engine link to certain 
terms or names (the neg-link).

o Fund police who shut down sites, block sites, jail authors 
(a reason to refuse indexing engine queries) based on 
their own 'scheme-of-things'.

o Coral sites (membership only but not selected by 
the members.  No opt-in or out.  Just opted.)

o Use provocateurs (well placed, talented individuals 
who decry or out argue experts) to fatigue a thread or 
destroy the reputations of contributors.  This one is 
expensive and the provocateur might go native so you 
can incur an infinite recursion of watchers.

That list comes from an article on the web about a 
star blogger who found she was getting too much attention 
in the opinion of her government.  Now the game is to 
work out systems to fool the control systems.

And so it goes.  Radar guns spawned radar detectors. 
The same companies made money off of both.



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