TheMadScientist - 6:39 pm on Mar 1, 2010 (gmt 0)
People are trying to make it sound as if they patented posting to a forum via a form. If it's such a simple solution for any programmer (or team) to come up with, then why was it 2008 before anyone did it like FaceBook did?
If it was commonplace and 'the answer any team of programmers would come up with' then why the Bleep! didn't anyone do it or think of it or do it the same way FaceBook did before 2008? Your argument is self defeating since they are the first to do it exactly the way they did, because what they are doing on their news feed is not on every social network on the Internet... If it was 'what any programmer would do' then it would have been all over the Internet years ago.
Probably half of my overall posts here on WebmasterWorld are in the PHP and Apache Forums and IMO it's not at all like pizza delivery. I have an idea what a coder would come up with and IMO the simplest workaround to Claim 1 of the patent allowing you to effectively do the same thing is to not attach the stinking link to the news item, but rather include a link some other way. It's simple for people who exercise creativity to workaround what they have patented, never mind whether the claim is enforceable or not.
As if I couldn't find a way to not attach a link to a news item... You have to attach a link to a news item if you're going to infringe on Claim 1 of the patent. IMO The biggest problem with the patent is people like to complain rather than just looking at the situation and finding another way, which means they would probably copy the look and feel as well as the function if they could... Just Plain Lazy.