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[Bug 9898] The Decision Policy (as applied) is ineffective at getting closure on ISSUEs

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--- Comment #8 from Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>  2010-06-14 09:21:44 ---
(In reply to comment #2)
> I think we need to be more clear about the finality of Working Group Decisions,
> and encourage participant only if at least one of the following holds:
> 
> (a) They have new information which was not available at the time of the
> decision.

That seems like a valid reason to reopen a Decision.

> (b) They would like to raise a Formal Objection to the decision.

The Process document says: "When the Chair believes that the Group has duly
considered the legitimate concerns of dissenters as far as is possible and
reasonable, the group SHOULD move on."
http://www.w3.org/2005/10/Process-20051014/policies.html#managing-dissent

After a Decision, the Working Group Decision Policy has already provided due
consideration. If someone merely upgrades into an FO a previous expression of
disagreement that the chairs have already considered, I think the FO should
just be recorded and the group should move on. Otherwise, the procedure would
be vulnerable to DoS by FO.

> In particular, the participants who made dozens of posts about a decision
> without providing new information should have been advised to proceed otherwise
> or take discussion elsewhere.

Indeed.

> That being said: while there has been a burst of discussion about the last few
> issues to be resolved, there have been at least 36 total issues have been
> resolved since the decision policy has been adopted. For most of these resolved
> issues, there are no ongoing permathreads and the results of the process are
> generally accepted. So I am not sure it is correct to generalize from the last
> three issues resolved to the process in general.

Fair point.

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