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

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--- Comment #12 from Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>  2010-06-14 13:55:24 ---
(In reply to comment #0)
> Emphasizing the a Decision applies "at this
> time" is effectively an invitation to continue discussion instead of bringing the ISSUEs to closure.

If decisions allow features to be improved, discussion on them should not be
stifled. It should be encouraged. Brainstorming and negotiation are critical
factors for consensus, which is a core W3C value.

(In reply to comment #5)
> The "keep the elements" crowd found it much too easy to gather around 
> a anti-Shelley totem. I really wonder why they did not try to behave 
> more nicely so that they could win over weak souls for their cause 
> that way. It scares me that this was so unimportant for them. 

I agree, Leif. Instituting some list guidelines may be helpful. For instance:

* Don't attack a person. Disagree with an idea.
* Respect the right of others to disagree.
* Tone of messages must be maintained at the highest level of professionalism;
flaming, sarcasm, or personal attacks will not be tolerated. 
* Be polite and show respect. If you have nothing positive, informative or
helpful to say, refrain from sharing it.
* Debate; Don't argue.
* Listen; Don't shout.

Some sample list guidelines:

http://webdesign-l.com/policies/#etiquette
http://lists.evolt.org/index.php?content=listinfo
http://www.wise-women.org/about/guidelines/
http://www.river.com/users/share/etiquette/
http://css-discuss.incutio.com/?page=PostingGuidelines
http://css-discuss.incutio.com/?page=OffTopic
http://webstandardsgroup.org/mail/guidelines.cfm
http://www.sigchi.org/resources/web/guidelines.html/
http://www.w3.org/QA/IG/Lists
http://it.coe.uga.edu/itforum/

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