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Re: [xml-dev] Designing an experiment to gather evidence on approaches to designing web services

I would say the difference between anecdote and evidence is the degree of 
traceability between the two claims.  With something that is evidence you 
would know, in a reasonably documented way, what was done, when and by who. 
Anecdote has passed through so many messengers, each drawing their own 
conclusions and re-originating the story to emphasis what they want that 
it's essentially mythical.

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Richard Salz" <rsalz@us.ibm.com>
To: "Costello, Roger L." <costello@mitre.org>
Cc: <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 5:24 PM
Subject: RE: [xml-dev] Designing an experiment to gather evidence on 
approaches to designing web services

>I was not asking about the difference between the two approaches, I was
> asking about the difference between anecdote and evidence. It is
> interesting that my message, which I thought was completely clear and
> included a quotation from you;
>> > There is no evidence to support one approach or the other. There are
>> > anecdotes, but that's not evidence.
>> I do not understand the difference, can you explain?
> Was not at all clear to you, as can be seen by your edit:
>> > I do not understand the difference [between the two approaches
>> that were listed], can you explain?
> There are probably some interesting lessons to be learned their, and they
> might be applicable in what seems to me the attempt to drive all ambiguity
> out of XML-related specifications. But that's not what I care about.
> I am quite curious what is/are the difference(s) between anecdote and
> evidence such that you can blithely assert that one is not the other.
>        /r$
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