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Focusing on implementations

From: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:42:05 -0500
To: Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>
Message-ID: <af06ec2e-adba-b730-0f28-576a1327c105@digitalbazaar.com>
Some thoughts on what the group is focusing on currently.

We're spending too much time on use cases and not enough time on
technical discussion/implementation. We should talk about an
implementation strategy... required functionality for libraries plus
test suite. That will give the technical folks on the call something
specific to focus on (as discussing the use cases don't do that).

I'm also concerned that the use cases document isn't changing as a
result of these use case discussions. We are talking, but the specs
aren't changing. It would be healthy to get some specific technical
items under discussion in the specs. I think outlining the required
functionality for libraries and a test suite would help ignite that
discussion.

I know that it's difficult to change the specs when it's not clear what
the group wants, but it's also not healthy to continue to discuss issues
w/o seeing changes in the documents. Folks have now volunteered to do a
number of things and I'm not seeing progress on some of the items that
folks have volunteered to do (I'm guilty of this):

http://w3c.github.io/vctf/meetings/2017-01-17/#69

I'm concerned that if we don't start having some of this discussion that
we're going to start losing implementer interest and will then have to
re-stoke those fires once the WG spins up.

In short, less talking, more doing.

The Chairs are going to have to stay on people to do the stuff they
volunteered to do (and provide direction for the folks that are new to
this work). I think most folks don't know what the next step is after
volunteering. The next step is "draft some text for the group to review,
get reviews, put it into the specification".

Thoughts?

-- manu

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