White Fences by Dave Winer

About: Scripting News: 3/8/2006

source: Scripting News

Over the years I've learned that you can't lead by asking people to do things. It doesn't work that way. If I want you all to paint your fences white, I can't say "Wouldn't it be great if your fences were white?" I could go on and on explaining how nice white fences look, how they last longer, and how if all the fences were the same color your property values would go up. No one wants to go first. So you have to do it yourself, even if you don't have a fence, even if you don't have a house.

Not too long ago I suggested that if you wanted to make RSS 2.0 better one could instead create what's called a profile of RSS. I was introduced to the term by Andrew Layman, in 2001, who was then one of Microsoft's chief XML architects. At the time we were trying to get a complicated protocol to interop, and I suggested that perhaps it would be easier if we looked at a small subset, instead of trying to get interop across what had become a far-reaching protocol. So we came out with what we called a Busy Developer's Guide, or BDG, and it proved to be quite popular.

So if I want a BDG for RSS 2.0 -- it's the white fences again. I bet if I write my own profile of RSS 2.0, others will get inspired do their own. Who does he think he is doing a profile of RSS. We'll show him! Ours will be better. And I'll be chuckling to myself thinking that it worked, I got what I wanted.


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