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With Christopher Allen and I co-authoring 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 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


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...



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.