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Re: [web-annotation] Privacy Interest Group (PING) review

From: Ivan Herman via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:12:58 +0000
To: public-annotation@w3.org
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> Are annotation servers always controlled by the operators of a given
 site? Or can one annotation server annotate any website? Regardless, 
there there be an opt out mechanism, similar to a robots.txt on a 
standard web page? I especially worry about the issue of harassment, 
which has been raised with other annotation services like Genius[7].

I would formulate it in a more general way. The issue of harassment, 
and what to do about it, is more complex and I am not sure that a 
single step (like some opt-out mechanism) is the right solution. (And,
 to be clear, I do not have the right answer either). @azaroth42 's 
reaction is absolutely valid and just shows that this issue is more 

I believe finding the right solution would require much more 
discussion, involving the community at large, and I do not think this 
Working Group is in position to make a decision right now. A hasty 
step, like introducing an opt-out approach, may do more harm than good
 overall if we are not careful. My proposal would be not to make any 
technical changes on the documents now, continue the discussion in 
this group and elsewhere, and possibly add some extra features later 
(eg, version 2) when we have a consensus on a clearer approach. 
Otherwise this would fatally delay this group's work.

Note that there will be a panel discussion at I Annotate, right after 
the upcoming F2F meeting in Berlin. That may help in clarifying the 
possible options. 

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