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This is valuable -- I'd recommend adding a page to your site that includes these types of critiques, it'd be useful for those working on or around those other protocols. And it'd give people who are interested in your work a URL they could send around when asked "why not just use salmon/webfinger/ostatus/whatever."

Thanks, that's a good note. We didn't want it to seem like we were attacking the other protocols (all of which have had success, have clear use cases, and we owe some debt to for paving the way), but we should make our reasoning clearer to the community. Will do.

Please this! There are so many [dropbox/facebook/twitter]-clones that claim to be different that reinvent things and use poorly designed in-house protocols and I eventually got so tired of them that I mostly ignore them now.

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