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[Bug 10084] New: Please consider adding a section on Chair recusal in deciding escalated issue

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Date: Mon, 05 Jul 2010 13:25:01 +0000
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           Summary: Please consider adding a section on Chair recusal in
                    deciding escalated issue
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
               URL: http://dev.w3.org/html5/decision-policy/decision-polic
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: working group Decision Policy
        AssignedTo: dave.null@w3.org
        ReportedBy: laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mjs@apple.com, Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com,
                    rubys@intertwingly.net, mike@w3.org

Please consider adding a section on Chair recusal, detailing grounds for when a
chair is expected to abstain from participation in a making a decision on an
escalated issue. Listing grounds would benefit chairs and the working group in
knowing decisions rendered on escalated issues are fair, free from prejudice
and conflicts of interest. 

Some possible recusal grounds:

* When a chair determines himself that he cannot act impartially.
* When a chair has a direct "interest" in the pending issue. (A chair should
not be judge in his or her own cause.)
* When a chair has authored the change proposal being decided.[1]
* When a chair has previous expressed option for either side, or when, they are
so related or associated with either side as to render it improper for him to
participate in the decision. [2]

Some qualities of a good chair include patience, wisdom, courage, firmness,
sympathy, understanding, alertness, incorruptibility, impartiality and knowing
when to recuse themselves from making decisions. 

Thank you.

[1] Specific example for issue 30
[2] Specific example for issue 30
<othermaciej> "add longdesc... for the children! the poor disabled children!"

Judicial disqualification

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