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[Bug 14029] normative reference to specification whose author/editor is undisclosed

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--- Comment #11 from Glenn Adams <glenn@skynav.com> 2011-09-05 22:52:26 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #10)
> The author is not undisclosed, he's pseudonymous.  Ms2ger participates in the
> W3C as well under that pseudonym, and is a member of both the HTMLWG and
> WebApps WG (possibly among others).  He edits DOM Core under the pseudonym too:
> 
> http://dvcs.w3.org/hg/domcore/raw-file/tip/Overview.html
> 
> I'm not aware of any legal principle or W3C policy that's inconsistent with
> pseudonymous participation.  For instance, signing a document with a pseudonym
> is as legally binding as using a more conventional name.  Presumably the W3C
> staff are aware that Ms2ger is participating pseudonymously as an editor and
> don't believe it conflicts with the patent policy or anything else.

Since I don't know this person or his identity, it amounts to non-disclosure,
and obfuscation from my perspective.

If the W3C doesn't have an explicitly determined policy, then perhaps resolving
this issue will elicit such a policy. My preference would be to not admit
pseudonymous participation. It flies in the face of open, and transparent
working principles.

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