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Re: M| Motion to use prefix to categorize messages and threads (Robert's Rules of Order over Email)

From: Rob Burns <robburns1@mac.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 04:06:18 -0500
Message-Id: <A4131641-31F1-4939-9785-179986D74FAB@mac.com>
Cc: public-html WG <public-html@w3.org>
To: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>

It seems two people responded to this email, but didn't bother to  
read it. The point is, that was a motion. If no one is willing to  
second the motion, no discussion should take place. Its supposed to  
be a way to filter out needless discussion. That's how meeting  
procedures work.

I wont' say anymore, but please no one else respond to this thread  
unless you support the idea enough to second it. If not one person  
will second it, it shouldn't consume any more resources.

Take care,

On Aug 20, 2007, at 3:34 AM, Lachlan Hunt wrote:

> Rob Burns wrote:
>> Since email is such an important part of our decision making  
>> according to the WG's charter[1], I'd like to propose a few  
>> conventions that we could follow in order to make handling the  
>> volume of email easier.
> There are existing conventions that have developed over the years,  
> which should be adopted instead of inventing new ones.  However, I  
> don't think all the types you suggested actually need any kind of  
> maker.  People should generally just use clear and concise subjects  
> that that convey the core topic of the email.
>>   "M|": Motion (an actionable motion requiring a seconding email  
>> and then subsequent discussion; within the same thread and using  
>> the same subject)
> I don't think that needs a marker like that.  Though I'm not sure  
> what kind of email that is.  Could you point to some examples of  
> that type which have been sent to public-html before?
>>   "R|": Review (a detailed review of the draft or portion of the  
>> draft)
> I would prefer the markers to be readable words, rather than single  
> characters.  Something like [Review] would be better.
>>   "P|": Proposal (a proposed enhancement to the specification)
> [Proposal] or simply a subject like "Proposal to Do Something"
>>   "A|": Announcement (announcement of general importance to work  
>> group
> There is an existing convention that I have seen on several lists  
> using either [Ann] or [Announce].
>> members; this might also be posted to the separate announcement list)
>>   "Q|" For posting questionnaire responses to the list
> Just use a subject like "Response to Questionnaire ..."
>>   "D|": General informal discussion (default for unspecified)
> General discussion should not have markers of any kind.
>> Can I get a seconding?
> Not from me.
> -- 
> Lachlan Hunt
> http://lachy.id.au/
Received on Monday, 20 August 2007 09:06:31 UTC

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