But there’s more . . .¶
terrycojones: Of course, there are still things you can’t do with my ratings.
njr: There are?
terrycojones: Sure. You can’t do anything to the tag itself.
njr: You mean apart from see it, read it, apply it, change it and update it?
terrycojones: I said the tag itself.
njr: The tag . . . itself?
njr: That sounds a bit abstract to me, Terry. I’m just a simple physicist. What are you talking about?
terrycojones: See, you change set my ratings, and change my ratings, but you can’t change terrycojones/rating itself. You can’t change what it means. And you can’t delete it.
njr: What it means?
terrycojones: Yes. If you look at the properties of the tag, you’ll find that the description of it is "terrycojones's ratings (Spinal Tap) scale".
njr: Spinal Tap scale?
terrycojones: Sure. Zero to eleven.
njr: Of course. Well, eleven’s nice, if a bit odd; and prime. What do you rate eleven?
terrycojones: Oh not much. The FluidDB permissions system. And Esteve.
njr: Esteve? Better not tell him. He’ll want a raise.
terrycojones: It’s OK; he’s on the exception list. He can’t read my ratings.
njr: But he writes the code!
terrycojones: Yeah, but you should see his principles. He’s uncorruptable.
njr: Alright, alright.
terrycojones: Anyway, the point is, you can’t change that.
njr: The incorruptable genius of Esteve?
terrycojones: Well, that too. But I meant the meaning of my ratings.
njr: Even though I have have every conceivable write permission on the tag?
terrycojones: Yeah, but not on the tag itself.
njr: (If you say itself in that meaningful tone one more time . . .)
terrycojones: Yeah, well, anyway, there’s a separate permission for updating the tag itself.
njr: [Expletives deleted.] Of course there is. And what’s that called?
njr: No, see, you already gave me update permission, wise guy
terrycojones: On the tag. Not the tag itself.
njr: Oh, update on the tag itself. I see. And what about delete? You said I couldn’t delete the tag. But I’ve already removed that Part tag from the object without the umlaut.
terrycojones: Ah yes; but you haven’t deleted the tag itself
njr: [Further colourful expletives deleted] Right. So I can delete every terrycojones/rating you’ve ever put on anything, and indeed, any terrycojones/rating anyone else has ever put on anything for you. But I can’t delete the essence of terrycojones/rating, the meta-data about terrycojones/rating, the terrycojones/rating itself.
terrycojones: That’s right. (And it’s not meta-data; it’s data. All data is equal in FluidDB.)
njr: Whatever. So it that it? Is that really it?
njr: So let me see if I have this straight. There are permissions for seeing, creating, reading, updating and deleting tags. And then there are some special administrative permissions for updating and deleting the tag itself.
terrycojones: That’s right.
njr: And that’s absolutely it? If you gave me those, I really would own you. I’d have complete control of terrycojones/rating.
terrycojones: Ah, well, it’s funny you should say that.
njr: There’s more isn’t there?
terrycojones: Well, there’s control.
njr: There’s control.
terrycojones: Yes, there’s control.
njr: Meaning . . .?
terrycojones: Well, who do you think’s been giving you all these permissions to tell the world about my secret infatuation with Mariah Carey?
njr: Ah, yes, Of course. There’s control of tags. Kind of like ownership of files. But surely, you own all the ``terrycojones tags, don’t you?
terrycojones: Sure I do. But I could given them to you if I wanted to. Or I could even let us share them: so we both controlled them.
njr: And that’s called control?
njr: And that works the same way? With an open/closed policy and an exception list?
terrycojones: Sure does.
njr: Wow. So you could you set it to be closed and not have any exceptions?
njr: And then no one would be able to change it?
terrycojones: Not even God.
njr: Really? Is God subject to the FluidDB permissions system.
terrycojones: Well, not yet. She doesn’t have an account. But if she ever gets on, it’s the same rules for her as you, and me, and FluidDB. No exceptions.
njr: Wow, so you if you closed off all the permissions on your ratings and then took away control, your ratings would be like digital tatoos. No one could ever change them.
terrycojones: That’s right. I’m going to rate my mum 10 and then do that.
njr: Aaahhh . . .
Some months later¶
terrycojones: Hi Nick
njr: Hi Terry
terrycojones: You know how we’re great friends and all that shit?
terrycojones: And how I trusted you with my ratings, and you mostly didn’t abuse except for that whole rating-Mariah-Carey-11 business.
njr: You love her really.
terrycojones: Whatever. The thing is, I thought it would be good if you have me permission on your njr/guardian-1000 namespace, so I can add some stuff and fix all the unicode you screwed up.
njr: Ah, unicode, yes. OK, what do I need to do.
terrycojones: Well, you could just give me control of it; then I could do anything.
njr: Control of njr/guardian-1000? So I guess control on a namespace is like control on a tag?
terrycojones: On a tag itself, right.
njr: Well, you know, Terry, I trust you and everything, but . . .
terrycojones: Yeah, OK. I don’t really need control. But create permission would be useful.
njr: OK, done. Is that it?
terrycojones: Well, actually, update would be useful too. Since you screwed its description.
njr: So update permission on a namespace is like the administrative update permission on a tag?
terrycojones: On the tag itself. Right. It lets you change the data about the namespace. Like the description.
njr: OK, I’ve done that too. Anything else.
terrycojones: Well you have an open policy on list, so I can see what’s there. But there seems to be some junk. I mean you have a sub-namespace njr/guardian-1000/best-FluidDB-UUIDs. I don’t think the Guardian has published its list of all-time best FluidDB-UUIDs yet. And even if it did, I think you’d want a tag not a namespace for that. So I think we could lose it. You know how I love deleting things.
njr: So delete it!
terrycojones: I will. But you need to give me delete permission on the namespace for that
njr: Right, so that would be another administrative permission on the namespace. Like delete on the abstract tag itself.
terrycojones: You’re finally getting this.
njr: Slowly, slowly, the egg walks, (as they say in Addis Ababa).
terrycojones: You ever been to Addis Ababa?
njr: No. But I know a woman who rates it an 11.
terrycojones: OK. It’s in the njr/guardian-1000/cities now too.
njr: It is?
terrycojones: It is!
njr: OK, Ciao, Terry. I’ll let you get back to your Mariah Carey records.
terrycojones: [Expletives I’ve never even heard before deleted.]