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Since folks that author 'answers' also tend to author longer form content, like blogs, tutorials and the like, linking their Stack Exchange 'personna' with their wider body of work seems like it would be beneficial to them.... and aren't they Stack Exchange users?

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    Summary? Reasons it will benefit SE and its users? Anything other than a "read this" link? – random Jun 30 '11 at 15:00
  • I guess folks are 'disinclined to acquiesce to your request'. Got it. – vkraemer Jun 30 '11 at 15:35
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    +1 I can't comment on the viability of this specific standard, but there's nothing wrong with the basic idea. – Pekka Jun 30 '11 at 15:37
  • @Pekka: Not sure how applicable it will be here, given the fun we're having with CW, CC-BY-SA and such. – Piskvor left the building Jun 30 '11 at 15:44
  • @Piskvor: each question/answer has it's author or list of authors. Problems are more of technical nature. – vartec Jun 30 '11 at 15:57
  • @vartec: I know, but there's the rub: meta.stackoverflow.com/users/19746/piskvors-semifinite-monkeys may be the same author as android.stackexchange.com/users/5194/piskvor , but without internal SE data (what accounts are linked) there's no one canonical author path; plus, what if I want to have my author link to point off-SE? (btw, "*its", not "it is") – Piskvor left the building Jun 30 '11 at 16:25
  • @Piskvor: I believe that this solved by "the network profile", so in your case canonical author URI would be stackexchange.com/users/51040736-73fe-4de8-8e2b-d4de9fcb522e – vartec Jun 30 '11 at 16:33
  • @vartec: Cool, didn't know about that. Thanks for the heads-up! – Piskvor left the building Jun 30 '11 at 16:36

Reading your link, it seems to be only useful to blogs, news articles, journals, etc. It is to increase search history and linking to authors so you can find your favorite author's articles more easily. That's what I get from it. I don't think it will be useful for SE.

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  • After reading through some of the really high quality answers that get posted on Stackoverflow, I have noticed that they tend to be 'blog entry-ish'. – vkraemer Jun 30 '11 at 16:29
  • @vkraemer: I don't know if I agree with that, but I think for the context of SE sites, your suggestion does not jive with the nature of the sites. – Brian Jun 30 '11 at 16:30

Question and answers in SE are contained in <div>'s, meanwhile HTML5 specification states:

The author keyword may be used with link, a, and area elements.

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  • I would imagine, were this to be implemented, that the link in the question asker/answerer (as appropriate)'s flair to the user page would have the author keyword on it. – adamjford Jun 30 '11 at 17:59

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