[rdfweb-dev] proposal: trusted circle of foafs

Danny Ayers danny666 at virgilio.it
Fri Jun 27 19:05:36 UTC 2003

I like it a lot. It sounds like a natural for a Movable Type plugin. Anyone
on speaking terms with the Trotts?

Outside of the practical app, I think there's an interesting use case there
with the merging of info - if two people comment about the same resource,
then you'd expect the comments to appear together.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: rdfweb-dev-bounces at vapours.rdfweb.org
> [mailto:rdfweb-dev-bounces at vapours.rdfweb.org]On Behalf Of Urs Gehrig
> Sent: 27 June 2003 18:18
> To: rdfweb-dev at vapours.rdfweb.org
> Subject: [rdfweb-dev] proposal: trusted circle of foafs
> dear list
> edd dumbill asked me to post my proposal on "trusted foafs" to this
> list. so here i am. after having discussed the potential of foaf
> with a friend yesterday, i came to the decision to make an entry on
> my blog. excuse me, if i tell something, that is common
> knowledge, since i have not followed that list earlier, nor am i
> using foaf for month ;)
> regards, urs
> --
> http://circle.ch
> so here is my proposal, as jotted down and not yet
> perfectly detailed:
> ------------------------------------------------------------------
> http://www.circle.ch/blog/p912.html
> [Weblog] -  urs - urs at circle.ch @ 17:54:31
> Proposal - Postback: posting into others blogs
> Idea:
> After having had a discussion with Bernhard [1] yesterday, I came
> to the conclusion today, that one needs a third way of posting;
> let's call it "postback".
> Just a few minuts ago I found Bill Kearney's idea [2] which leads,
> as far as I can tell, into the same direction. But his proposal
> had, as written in January 2003, still a problem to solve. How
> can one build trusted circles of people? The answer must be FOAF [3].
> Getting blogged:
> I need to be able to define a group of trusted people in FOAF
> to be able to post directly into one or any permitted category
> of my personal blog. Since the foaf.rdf is sitting on my host,
> I will have the possibility to manage and administrate it; the
> control is by the blogger him- or herself. PGP would be a good
> start to support trusted circles.
> Blogging to many:
> On the other hand, the blog interface needs to get a list of
> trusted FOAFs, which I can select as an equivalent to the
> Carboncopy in an E-Mail tool. They might accept my post in
> realtime or at least merging the post into their blogs after
> a process of approval. So maybe we need a kind of a
> ring-ring-knocking-at-the-door method. The post could contain
> the same elements as the trackback [4] or pingback [5] uses
> it. it is to discuss, if only an excerpt of the post or the
> whole post is to send.
> Specifications of Postback:
>     - FOAF based trusted friends
>     - PGP key to secure authentication
>     - parameters such as:
>     * title, The title of the entry
>     * entry, An excerpt or the full entry
>     * url, The permalink of the original authors blog entry for the entry
>     * blogname, The name of the blog in which the entry is posted.
>     * author, The original authors name or nick
>     * datetime, The entry posting datetime stamp
>     * key, A PGP key of the author
>     * foaf, The foaf.rdf location (might make "key" obsolete )
>     - An URL that hosts the pingback.php file, waiting for posts to come
>     - ...
> Any comments on that?
> [1] http://www.bernhardseefeld.ch
> [2] http://www.ideaspace.net/users/wkearney/archives/entries/000052.html
> [3] http://rdfweb.org/foaf/
> [4] http://www.movabletype.org/docs/mttrackback.html
> [5] http://www.hixie.ch/specs/pingback/pingback
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