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Ignore what you don't understand
By Dave Winer on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 12:12 PM.

I love mottos. Here's a good one... #

Ignore what you don't understand. #

So if I see a link to a page on and I don't understand it, shrug it off. That's not a bug -- it's just something I don't understand.  #

Or if I click on a link and see a bunch of stuff I don't understand, just hit the back button. Observe that I just saw something I don't understand. But I know what to do. Ignore it. #

This is the philosophy of XML, and it works great. It allows you to put data in a file that's for a specific kind of app. Others wouldn't understand it, which is OK cause they ignore what they don't understand. #

It also allows you to use the web to bootstrap something new that runs above the web. Where the web is the gateway that gets you in. When you see the door, many people won't get it. But that's okay if they remember the rule. #

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