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This is similar to the question that was asked asked, but is there a way to add a see also statement to our lj foaf files? If not, I would like to suggest this fuctionality.

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From:crschmidt
Date:December 31st, 2004 02:22 am (UTC)
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There is: by setting the "External FOAF URL" in your user preferences, your FOAF file is mostly replaced by a pointer, via rdfs:seeAlso, to a different file.
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From:chiprunner
Date:December 31st, 2004 03:53 am (UTC)
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The last time I did that, that is what it did; replaced the list I have on lj with the external FOAF file, instead of adding the seeAlso element, like I want.
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From:crschmidt
Date:December 31st, 2004 04:04 am (UTC)
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Yes, that's what it does. There's no way to add an additional seeAlso other than to "turn off" your local FOAF data. This is mostly because options confuse people, and are more storage, and in general every one you add is an implementation headache, so I was trying to keep the developers implementation headaches to a minimum.

If you have some kind of hosting space, you can combine two files together yourself, and point to that. If you don't have any hosting space, or aren't willing to set that up, there's not a lot that can be done. Adding the extra option would be worth it to some people, but on the whole, it's more headache than it's worth.

Sorry about that.
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From:chiprunner
Date:December 31st, 2004 04:23 am (UTC)
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I see. I didn't realize it would be so difficult to implement, or that it would take that much storage space; I know LJ is huge though. I would find this feature very useful, but I do have the hosting space; I just didn't want to go that route, but I may. Thanks for the input.

Do we have any statistics as to how many LJ users are using FOAF?
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From:crschmidt
Date:December 31st, 2004 04:46 am (UTC)
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Using in what way?
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From:chiprunner
Date:December 31st, 2004 05:40 am (UTC)
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Well, do you have any statistics on it at all? How many appear to actually be linking to their FOAF files in some way?
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From:crschmidt
Date:December 31st, 2004 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Nope.

There's very little LiveJournal FOAF outside of LiveJournal, in my experience: I'd guess that on the whole, less than 100 people are using it (rather than just having it there).

Of course, lots of people can use LJ's FOAF files without anyone knowing: there have been up to a million of LiveJournal's FOAF files collected for various studies.
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From:chiprunner
Date:December 31st, 2004 05:14 pm (UTC)
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Thanks.
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