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With Christopher Allen and I co-authoring github.com/WebOfTrustInfo/rebo I now have a name collision bound to a conference which was largely about avoiding those

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@cwebber You guys should get namespaces of your own. That reminds me of the early days of the #rubylang community when it was hard to find any documentation in English because Sam Ruby (a then well-known Java developer) had practically colonised the Ruby namespace all over the web.

@h That's what DIDs are for! One jokie of the conference was "Christopher Allan Webber got interested in DIDs because of name collisions with Christopher Allen" (There's also a Chris Webber out there I collide with in the DevOps space... sigh, shoulda taken my spouse's last name, but ironically I didn't do so because I didn't want to change my *username* on systems!)

@h (Note that while the conference was largely about DIDs, this particular paper is not! Though I did write another one about them.)

@cwebber Well that's kind of what purl used to be about. Now I see other people are using keybase.io for the same purpose, but they rarely post their public key. So it's basically a web URL that can be broken.
Maybe IPFS's mutability tool IPNS can help with that in the future.

@cwebber Oh I wasn't too far off then! That sounds like the best idea I've seen to solve this sort of situation so far.

@cwebber If you wrote the names the other way around it would really confuse people into thinking you're both Webber but one is Allan and the other Allen

@cwebber

you now officially have a fantastic disarming-joke-to-begin joke for a speech at said conference

like basically PERFECT as an anecdote to start with, if it was laid out just right

@sydneyfalk I've suggested that Christopher Allen, twitter-cwebber, and I all do a "Name Collisions Panel" at some conference...

@cwebber

O_O

you might actually have a good opening for a small nonfiction ebook on the topic, like half poptech entertaining-explanation take and half discussion of the routes to solution currently known or being hypothesized

@sydneyfalk @cwebber There one was a Web of Trust
To which all our IDs were thrust
But our faith was derided
When it was confided
Which Chris Allan / Allen Web'er was just?

@cwebber you could've used email addresses next to the names or some other handles. Or something like Christoper Allan "cwebber" Webber

@ng0 There's another cwebber in the FOSS space unfortunately! And they're also named "Chris Webber"!

Name collisions are the worst

@cwebber I largely abandoned my namespace and went for this initialism, but there's only one person almost written like myself (with a variantion of both names) publishing… if I do publications with my name it will be fun.