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Subject: [regrep] Issues with extramural Association


Based on both user and implementation experience the feedback we have 
been receiving on Extramural associations is that it is too restrictive 
to require that an Extramural Association (an association between 
objects owned by two different parties) must be confirmed by both 
parties before it is visible to the general public. The problem is that 
it is too much of a burden for parties to keep up with the confirmation 
task. Another problem is that hiding unconfirmed associations is 
difficult to implement and quite inefficient.

I would like to propose that we make the following changes in V3 
regarding Extramural Associations:

-Extramural Associations that have not been confirmed must be visible to 
all and should not be invisible

Note that anyone can still see the attributes isConfirmedBySourceOwner 
and isConfirmedByTargetOwner to determine the confirmation status and 
decide whether they trust this Association or not.

The proposed change is quite simple to spec, will make the registry more 
user friendly and will also greatly simplify implementation. It can be 
done ijn a backward compatible way with no schema canges required.

Please share your thoughts.


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