I don't nearly have the right to a public opinion given that I am a total newbie to the world of blogging, but I have to say that I've been puzzled and amazed at the spite and invective that has been flying recently around what would seem to be a technical question about protocols and standards. I don't claim to understand the nuances of what's wrong with RSS 2.0 or 1.0 or 0.9, or what's good or not about Echo, so I won't talk about that.
Here's what I will talk about: I have been following Dave Winers' work and writing for years and have developed tremendous respect for him, his ideas and ideals, and his real accomplishments.
Maybe I don't understand the culture. Maybe I don't understand the history. Frankly I am nervous even writing this post because it seems to have become dangerous to express support for Dave. But whatever... that's how I feel, and I felt it was time for me to stand up.