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Re: Seeking additional support for draft "caution" statement re: lack of charter

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:25:08 -0600
Cc: w3 public-council <public-council@w3.org>
Message-Id: <337E1177-BA7A-4617-9946-8794A1F1FFF5@w3.org>
To: Josh Soref <jsoref@rim.com>

On 23 Jan 2013, at 10:05 AM, Josh Soref wrote:

> Milan wrote:
>>> "Caution: This group does not have a published Charter that describes
> 
> The English here is clunky.
> 
> It can end up being parsed as "this group does have a charter that describes something else"
> 
>>> important aspects of its operations, such as scope, deliverables, and
>>> decision making process. Community Group process imposes little
>>> structure on how the Chair manages a group.  As a result, without a
>>> Charter, it may be unclear how the group operates (e.g., the Chair
>>> could change how the group operates without notice).  W3C strongly
>>> encourages groups to operate under a published Charter. "
> 
> "This group does not have a published charter, a document which would describe ...."

I'm not sure that's an improvement. Imagine someone says:

 "Here's my charter:
    Charter: Do cool Web stuff!"

There, I have a charter!

What we really mean is "There is no charter that meets our expectations."

Ian

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