[Standards] XEP-0060 (and dependent ones): overwriting an item of somebody else
goffi at goffi.org
Mon Aug 10 23:05:14 UTC 2015
It seems that in XEP-0060 nothing prevent a publisher to overwrite an
item published by somebody else (or at least it's ambiguous)
while that may be desirable in some cases, it's pretty bad with XEP-0277
In XEP-0060 § 7.1.1, it's said that
"Any entity that is allowed to publish items to a node (i.e., a
publisher or an owner) [...]"
and "The <item/> element provided by the publisher MAY possess an 'id'
attribute, specifying a unique ItemID for the item."
in § 7.1.2 it's said "Note: If the publisher previously published an
item with the same ItemID, successfully processing the request means
that the service MUST overwrite the old item with the new item and then
proceed as follows."
Well the ambiguous part is "the publisher": in the case of XEP-0277
comments, the publish model if most of time "subscribers", so any
subscriber is a publisher. It's not explicit in the XEP that the service
should prevent a publisher to overwrite an item from an other publisher.
Im my opinion the following points should be modified:
- this case should be made explicit in the XEP-0060, with e.g. a
- a node configuration option can be used to specify if a publisher can
overwrite an item initially published by somebody else
- if this option is present, it MUST default to false (i.e. a publisher
can't overwrite something that he didn't publish).
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