Battle of the blog: If you have no idea what the “Great RSS War of 2003” is all about, this article should explain about everything.
“‘The reason the core is frozen is to keep the developers from screwing with it. RSS is simple,’ Winer said. ‘They want to make it complicated so they can charge hundreds of thousands of dollars to implement it for you. Someone like IBM does consulting for publishing systems. If RSS were to take off, they would lose those contracts. It’s not that Sam Ruby isn’t a nice guy. It’s just in IBM’s interest to make this complex.’”
You know your dispute is “official” when CNet picks it up, I guess. This article presented a bunch of issues I hadn’t even considered.