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RE: The paranoid user

From: Arthur Clifford <art@artspad.net>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 23:41:23 -0700
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I would agree with Gareth's assessment. 'paranoid' seems an inappropriate
word for a spec. It implies whoever wrote the spec doesn't think much about
the feature or a user who would use it; while that may be a legitimate
opinion, if the feature is to be present it should be described sans
attitude. The polite phrase would be "... a concerned user ...". 
Art C
Arthur Clifford
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[mailto:public-html-comments-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Gareth Rees
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2009 3:53 AM
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Subject: The paranoid user

Section "Hyperlink auditing" says:
> However, the ping attribute ... allows the paranoid user to disable  
> the notifications without losing the underlying link functionality.

The use of the word "paranoid" suggests that such a user's concerns  
about sending ping notifications are delusional: that is, in practice  
there is no gain in privacy from disabling the notifications. Is this  
what you mean to imply? If it is, I think it would be better if the  
text were more explicit.

Gareth Rees
Received on Friday, 4 September 2009 06:41:59 UTC

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