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URI’s for Event reduces duplication?

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CalendarSwamp is one of my favorite blogs, and a recent post about handling duplicate events made me wonder about using Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI’s) to track an event. If microformats like hCal supported some sort of unique identifier built on URI’s, then if you see two events that are slightly different, but share a URI, then you know where to go for the canonical information.

HighTechCville is starting to grow enough that we will have duplicate events listed, and if we pull in an event from a feed, and it’s later updated, say the date changed, then it’s a challenge to figure out which differences to update your data from.

I strongly disagree with Scott’s comment that maybe Yahoo or Eventful or Facebook be THE registry of events:

Eventful has more than 7 million future events in its database. If Eventful opened that up in a special way that’s queryable by anybody, Eventful could issue a unique identifier. Yahoo’s Max Engel, who was also at this session, notes that Digg already checks for duplication of news postings. Maybe Eventful could do the same thing for events.

I think any system that is based on centralized registries is doomed to failure, and instead we need to support having multiple sources of data, ie use URI’s. However, if Eventful is one among many data providers providing a unique identifier that is a URI, then more power to them!

My take on multiple sources of data, with URI’s pointing to the source, means that people can make a decision on who they trust for the real “canonical” data. A single event, say an opera show may be listed on multiple services, so you might trust the URI that points to the Seattle Opera’s homepage the most, followed by maybe a pointer to Eventful’s record of the opera show.

And I think hCal is the right way of communicating this data around. While hCal is just really getting traction (along with the other microformats) I still think they will be THE way of tying User Generated Content together in the future.

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Written by Eric

May 16, 2008 at 3:21 pm

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Bot’s are removing profiles!

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Folks,

Bill just sent me an email asking why he had asked to remove his profile, when he hadn’t asked to: I did NOT request to be removed. On the other hand, I don’t remember signing up for it, either..

I violated a key rule of web design which is that HTTP GET’s should never delete anything or change anything… Only HTTP POST should change/modfiy your data. So bot’s are attempting to click this link and causing false “Remove your profile” emails to be sent.

I’ve commented out the link and am working on a fix.

Eric

Written by Eric

May 15, 2008 at 11:18 pm

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How much RSS is Too Much RSS?

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I realized that while showing the blog feed inline is nice, most people read blogs via some other tool that consumes RSS feeds. So, if I want people to know when changes are made, I should add a RSS feed icon. However, that makes me start wondering, should everything be an RSS feed? Like say the events page? Or how about for an individual person you can see an RSS feed of data changes being made? What do you think??? Am I risking RSS feed overload?

Written by Eric

May 15, 2008 at 6:57 pm

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Self service removal of profiles!

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Since HighTechCville soft launched in January, I’m very happy to say we’ve only had 3 people request that their profile be removed. But, I still get 1 every 5 weeks or so, and each time I have to tweak the database. So today I did a bit of housekeeping by adding a “Remove Me” link next to each unclaimed profile that allows anyone to request removal.

Ah, but this sounds like an opportunity for malicious folks to delete their arch-enemies in the Cville Geek scene… If HTC has an email registered for a profile, then an email goes to that address with a unique removal code. And if it doesn’t, then you are prompted for some basic personal info (name, phone, email, message) and I can look at that and follow up in real life if required.

Written by Eric

May 15, 2008 at 6:56 pm

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Blog articles now displayed in HTC

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It seems somewhat self-referenctial, but the posts made on this site(hightechcville.wordpress.com) are now displayed as an RSS feed on the homepage of www.hightechcville.com:

Written by Eric

May 14, 2008 at 7:29 pm

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Hello world!

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Well, how about Hello Cville!

In an attempt to document the changes and progress that I make with HighTechCville, and provide a forum for comments, I’m going to try and post as things evolve.

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May 14, 2008 at 5:19 pm

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