These are some of the comments and replies which I thought deserve being hoisted up into a post.
Optional Core Elements
"Don: Those "core" elements are *optional*. There's not anything wrong with not using them and the spec says absolutely nothing about it being wrong. Using Dublin Core — the ISO-Standard which is *not* related to RSS 1.0 — in RSS 2.0 is perfectly valid usage, as any RSS validator will tell you." – Tomas
"Tomas, have you wondered *why* those elements were made *optional*? Anyone who browsed through the RSS discussions will know that those elements were made *optional* for user's convenience, and not for RSS 1.0 crowd to lay Cuckoo's Eggs within RSS 2.0." – Don Park
Frozen means Unmeltable?
"Don, none of the specific 5 points Ben mentions are resolvable because they would all need changes to the spec, and that's frozen. In an ideal world perhaps these and other changes could be included in an RSS 2.1, but this isn't an option." – Danny
"Danny, the spec is not frozen even if Dave say it is because he is not really in full control of it. If he was, we wouldn't have all this argument. [snip] If you think you can change the world as a person, changing a spec should be easier than changing the world. If you really want something wholeheartedly, you shouldn't know how to stop going after it nor stop short of begging for it. If Dave seems like an unstoppable force, it is because he throws his whole being into it and not like some intellectual college debate." – Don Park
"The spec can be changed, and even rewritten. I think that's what Rogers Cadenhead's group is doing. The people who want to see theselves stopped by the spec are lawyers not developers. If they were writing apps they would have been done with this kvetching a long time ago." – Dave Winer
"My understanding of the situation is that Dave will not prevent people from refining the spec itself for clarity and encourages people to add namespace-based extensions to RSS 2.0 that *supplements* without *replacing" the core elements. Knowing Dave, I will even go further and guess that Dave will embrace good ideas and incorporate them into the core spec.
What was done can be undone. The man who wrote the word 'frozen' is still around, thankfully, so taking that word and using as an absolute truth against the man who wrote it originally makes zero sense to me." – Don Park
p dir=”ltr”>Thanks to Danny, Tomas, and Dave for the guest appearance. The star of the show is, of course, yours truely. I particularly like the Cuckoo's Egg bit. Joy of writing is appreciating one's own words like a baby without a diaper discovering a new toy, warm and soft, when he turns around. Until the next episode of "As the Bowel Churns", goodbye.