The Jargon File

TARDIS Problem

A problem whereby one needs to add a superset of some data to a system that only allows extensions to be made as a subset.  That is, a large category that somehow needs to fit inside a smaller category - it's bigger on the inside.

For example, RedMatrix has platform agnostic directories in a realm called INTERNET, and Hubzilla has Zot only directories in a realm called RED_GLOBAL.  Hubzilla allows sub-realms of RED_GLOBAL, but RedMatrix cannot operate in this sphere, because INTERNET is a superset of RED_GLOBAL.
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