I want to parse like Superman (was Re: Identity)

Miles Sabin msabin at cromwellmedia.co.uk
Wed Jun 23 11:07:04 BST 1999

David Megginson wrote,
> Does this constitute identity?  If so, then I'd 
> imagine that the same IP addressed used serially for 
> foo.com, bar.com, and foo.com again also establishes 
> the identity of those domains.

I think the only answer is "it might do". There's a
whole cluster of cases which work in similar ways.
How about, for example, a site which temporarily
splits in two, then later merges back into a single
unified site: do we get the original (pre-splitting)
site back?

This particular kind of puzzle isn't unique to _web_
resource identity. Many social institutions are able
to survive splitting and merging. Maybe there's a
clue here: perhaps a web site is best thought of as
a sort of social entity. That makes the prospect of
defining web site identity criteria look a bit bleak



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