Dave, I think I figured something out.
It’s much easier to compose OPML files in tools that support OPML, like this one. But not everybody wants to purchase and/or learn how to work in a desktop outliner (their loss).
Then it hit me. We have web-based OPML readers and web-based OPML validators. Why not a web-based OPML composer? The interface won’t be nearly as interactive as a desktop tool, okay maybe we would if someone does a fancy java applet or DHTML thingee, but we’ll achieve goal #1 which is gettting more people to write OPML by lowering the barrier to entry for authors. We could similarly lower the barrier to publishing by providing free hosting for all OPML files authored with the composer.
Sounds like bootstrapping to me. Does this sound crazy enough that it just might work?
I realize now that this post would have been infinitely cooler if I’d simply coded up the app and given everyone a URL. So many ideas, so little time. Fellow hackers, if you want a chance at fame and glory for relatively little effort, here’s your chance