Anil Dash, responding to Don Park's take on the Atom 1.0 launch:
Don, you raise a lot of really good points, but surely you can't argue that changes like clarifying the RSS 2.0 spec, transferring ownership to a neutral party, and embracing namespaces weren't at least partially motivated by the existence of Atom? Even if you don't like the feed format (and I'll gladly concede the API is much more interesting), Atom's the best thing that's ever happened to RSS, no?
The Atom Syndication Format's an intriguing, well-specified protocol, but in the time it took the world's most democratic spec-drafting team to finish Atom 1.0, RSS 2.0 has grown at an astonishing rate. One of the reasons is that it was left alone: Dave Winer froze RSS before passing the spec to the Berkman Center, then helped RSS Advisory Board members fight the urge to thaw it.
And when I say Advisory Board members, I mean me. I still want to take an icepick to that thing.
As a syndication and weblog API dork, I like Atom, but I don't understand why it took longer to create Atom 1.0 than it took to invent XML 1.0 (approximate count from first announcement to recommendation: 450 days for XML, 725 for Atom). This is a syndication format, not a space shuttle. I knew they were in trouble when the project became mired in a three-month-long bikeshed discussion over what to name the format.
Still, as someone who knows the pain of getting anywhere near a specification, I congratulate the developers who emerged alive from the two-year struggle to create and standardize Atom. And I for one welcome our new syndication overlords.