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Re: Hacker rally questionnaire draft, take 2

From: Kjetil Kjernsmo <kjetilk@opera.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 15:04:31 +0100
To: kidehen@openlinksw.com
Cc: public-sweo-ig@w3.org
Message-Id: <200701111504.32693.kjetilk@opera.com>

On Thursday 11 January 2007 14:47, Kingsley Idehen wrote:
> Use blogging and the discussions that emanate from the post to spread
> the word. That's what would be expected from the Web community.

Well, I'm just slightly concerned, that if the questionnaire is spread 
widely as it is now, ideas will pop up, but will be lost to noise very 
quickly, like on slashdot. Moreover, if some of the questions are bad, 
that will further drown any good ideas. 

> > I think blogging it now would perhaps spread it beyond the semweb
> > community before it is, I don't know if that's a good thing or not,
> > though.
> >  
> The goal is to spread the conversation beyond the semweb community.

Sure, but that's the conversation about ideas that we want to spread 
beyond the semweb community, not necessarily the conversation about the 
questions. I'd like to know if the questions are good now, and have 
people discuss the ideas next week.

> > I think that we should absolutely blog it once it is ready, and my
> >   Opera semweb blog is on planetrdf, but perhaps keep it within
> > ourselves and near relatives for now. When it is ready, I hope it
> > can get a w3.org URL, and we can point to it from various sources.
> >  
> Once you blog there is no concept of control though, a blog post is
> the basis of open conversation :-) It think we are trying to have a
> broad conversation that goes something like this: "What do you need
> to Semantic Web to do for you in order for you to understand the
> value behind the vision....."

Yup! But actually, I think that is a rather dangerous thing for hackers. 
Many good hackers are not motivated by what others need, to the 
contrary, I know a few who have left the Open Source community because 
they feel that people demand things of them without compensation, while 
their own ideas are left unattended. That's what is delicate about 
this, we need to motivate the hackers, who allready hold a lot of ideas 
and who actually can realize them. And I really don't want to waste 
good ideas by drowning them in noise, or push hackers away by badly 
posed questions.

> > But come to think of it, I should probably chump it on #swig on IRC
> > after lunch.
> >  
> Certainly.

chumped now! :-)


Kjetil Kjernsmo
Semantic Web Specialist
Opera Software ASA
Received on Thursday, 11 January 2007 14:10:01 UTC

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