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Re: Some templates started [Was: Missing op agreement warning]

From: Wayne Carr <wayne.carr@linux.intel.com>
Date: Tue, 08 Jan 2013 01:31:46 -0800
Message-ID: <50EBE782.4050809@linux.intel.com>
To: public-council@w3.org

>>   * Replace "there is limited accountability in how the Chair reaches decisions" with "the Chair(s) have no obligation to consider the opinion of the members or maintain commitments."
> Those are overly sweeping statements. There are, for example, licensing commitments over which the Chair has no say.
>
> I prefer my version.
>
> Ian
>

Text from the process: "The person who first proposes a group may 
establish the groupís initial operational agreements. Thereafter, the 
Chair determines the means by which the group adopts and modifies 
operational agreements. The Chair must give actual notice to the 
participants of any material changes to the agreements. Participants may 
resign from the group if they do not wish to participate under the new 
agreements."

So having a charter does not solve the problem of badly behaved Chairs 
because they can change the Charter. A warning saying a Charter prevents 
terrible Chair behavior would be incorrect.

But encouraging groups to have charters is good for other reasons. And a 
charter could contain a process for amending the charter. Most Chairs 
would follow what the charter said. But it isn't the solution to the 
problem of badly behaved chairs and that should determine the no charter 
message.

The simplest solution for bad chair behavior is the ability to remove 
the Chair.

Text from the process: "The participants of the Group choose their 
Chair(s)."

It doesn't have any detail. So I'd think the Community Development Lead 
would determine how to ensure the group has the Chairs they choose. I 
wouldn't want a warning about not having a charter imply W3C thinks the 
group can't choose the Chair, or somehow loses that ability after one 
choice.
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