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[Bug 10084] Please consider adding a section on Chair recusal in deciding escalated issues

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Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com> changed:

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--- Comment #5 from Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>  2010-07-28 01:31:27 ---
Th Chairs discussed this. We do not think it is appropriate to define a recusal
process.

As defined in the W3C Process Document[1] and the W3C Guidelines on the Role of
the Chair[2], Chairs are not generally expected to recuse themselves from
issues where they have an interest or an opinion. Rather, Chairs are expected
to have the "ability (both actual and perceived by the Working Group --
including potential competitors) to forge consensus fairly and without bias
from your affiliation/employer and, sometimes, even your own technical
positions". The Chairs believe that collectively we can set aside bias from
employers and from our own technical positions, and consider issues
impartially.

In extreme cases, as when a Chair writes a Change Proposal or takes a strong
position on an issue in the course of Chair-led discussion, it is likely that
particular Chair will refrain from authoring the written decision, should one
be necessary. We will discuss amongst ourselves and confer with members of the
W3C Team on this as necessary. However, we do not think it is appropriate to
formalize this in a written policy.

[1] http://www.w3.org/2005/10/Process-20051014/
[2] http://www.w3.org/Guide/chair-roles.html

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