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Re: CURIE objections in HTML5+RDFa

From: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 12:41:47 -0500
Message-ID: <49A582DB.2070904@digitalbazaar.com>
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
CC: RDFa mailing list <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Henri Sivonen wrote:
>>> I'm particularly worried about ccREL succeeding to the point that an
>>> alternative solution can no longer be launched into the market to
>>> replace it and Free Culture then getting encumbered by the syntactic
>>> complexity preventing even further success.
> Note that I didn't talk about unqualified success in the part you
> quoted. Just about qualified success to the point where an alternative
> solution (which if deployed first would have taken Free Culture
> licensing metadata to its Full Potential) could no longer be launched
> into the market.

Henri, the statements concerning a "hypothetically better solution" to
ccREL without proposing a solid counter-solution is a logical fallacy,
specifically, it is the Perfect Solution Fallacy[1]. Here's an example
of this fallacy in action:

Person A: I have a solution and here it is.
Person B: That's not a good solution, there's a better one out there.

We can't have a logical discussion on actual-solution vs.
hypothetical-solution since the hypothetical solution always wins (per
the Perfect Solution Fallacy).

You have to provide a better counter-solution to ccREL in order to make
your point.

-- manu


Manu Sporny
President/CEO - Digital Bazaar, Inc.
blog: Scaling Past 100,000 Concurrent Web Service Requests
Received on Wednesday, 25 February 2009 17:42:31 UTC

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