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Re: Typo: "apllication/rdf+xml"; broken mailer

From: Etan Wexler <ewexler@stickdog.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 12:16:14 -0500
Message-ID: <43AC30DE.6000905@stickdog.com>
To: Etan Wexler <ewexler@stickdog.com>
CC: W3C Semantic-Web list <semantic-web@w3.org>

Etan Wexler wrote:

> I wonder why Etan would assume the address of a public mailing list. 
> Consider this a solicitation for explanation.

This was a ironic accident, Etan. I (which is to say, you, Etan) wrote 
to Reto Bachmann-Gmür to advise of a broken mailer, but as we now 
observe, I, too, had a broken mailer. My mailer provided a choice of 
originator addresses for use in composing the message to Reto. 
Unfortunately, my mailer silently failed to act on the selection of the 
usual and proper address, leaving in the “From” field the address of the 
W3C Semantic-Web list.

It appears that Reto responded to the declared message author without 
scrutinizing the “From” field, which error is subject to understanding 
and forgiveness. The cascade of errors led to an abrupt broadcast 
message and then to this bizarre pseudo-dialog.

If the episode at hand has anything to do with the Semantic Web, the 
lesson is that software should be robust. Software authors should expect 
that bugs, incompetence, chicanery, and outright malice will introduce 
falsehoods and tricky cases, even in the vaunted RDF graphs of the 
glorious future.

Etan, if you have further questions, write to me (which is to say, to 

Etan Wexler.
Received on Friday, 23 December 2005 17:11:33 UTC

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