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Re: a blank node issue

From: Nathan <nathan@webr3.org>
Date: Wed, 02 Mar 2011 20:33:15 +0000
Message-ID: <4D6EA98B.5050505@webr3.org>
To: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>
CC: Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>
Richard Cyganiak wrote:
> Nathan,
> On 2 Mar 2011, at 19:40, Nathan wrote:
>> is the message here "blank nodes are useless, get rid of them / don't use them" ?
> My specific point here was that the RDF Semantics machinery for lean vs. non-lean graphs is not useful. It shouldn't be cited as a practical reason for the distinction between blank nodes and URIs.
> Are blank nodes useless? No, they are useful for some things.
> Should we get rid of them? No, but we should put a yellow warning sign into the spec.
> Should we avoid them? Yes, whenever possible/practical.
> I blogged this, to give Sandro's great summary from earlier in the thread a more visible home:
> http://richard.cyganiak.de/blog/2011/03/blank-nodes-considered-harmful/

Cheers for clarifying, and good summary from you and Sandro
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