RSS turf wars: reality tv for geeks

The chickens are coming home to roost as an alternative to RSS is being developed. I love this stuff.

Battle of the blog | CNET

“‘Dave Winer has done a tremendous amount of work on RSS and invented important parts of it and deserves a huge amount of credit for getting us as far as we have,’ Tim Bray, a member of the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) influential Technical Architecture Group, wrote in a June 23 Web log entry. (Bray is also a co-creator of Extensible Markup Language (XML), a (W3C)-recommended language on which RSS is based.) ‘However, just looking around, I observe that there are many people and organizations who seem unable to maintain a good working relationship with Dave.’

The posting, which has served as a flashpoint for those on both sides of the controversy, has understandably drawn Winer’s wrath.

‘Why has my personality become the issue? They’re using that to try to get me to shut up,’ Winer said in an interview. ‘I think most people don’t have a difficult time working with me. It’s unfair. It’s untrue. And it’s unbecoming of someone of (Bray’s) stature to make statements like that. You can’t create things with flames–you can only tear things down with flames. If they want to create things, they can’t do it with the dislike of one person.'”

It’s a conspiiiiiiracy!!