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Decision Process (Re: Splitting HTML from the HTML DOM (was Re: Renamed topic: focus and length of HTML5))

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Mon, 07 Dec 2009 13:21:28 -0800
Cc: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, Geoffrey Sneddon <gsneddon@opera.com>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, public-html <public-html@w3.org>
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To: Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>

On Dec 7, 2009, at 12:39 PM, Shelley Powers wrote:

> The biggest problem is the concept of counter-proposal.
>
> Change proposals came out of the Issue tracker, and had life in the
> beginning as a bug at some point.
>
> A change proposal is a person saying, OK, this is the change I want.
> It starts life as a bug request. The editor doesn't like it, won't
> make the change, so it has been upped to an issue. The Change Proposal
> was a requirement from us specifying what action we want taken to
> satisfy the issue, the rationale for it, and the detailed changes.
>
> Where this counter-proposal came from, I have no idea. It is not part
> of the formal Change Control procedure, or at least I can't find it.
>
> In the procedure, there is discussion for each Change Proposal, and
> the person can modify it for a reasonable period of time, hopefully to
> get consensus. But there is nothing about formal counter-proposals. In
> fact, these are NOT part of the initial change control process we all
> agreed on.
>
> Sorry, but it seems to me that those who want change are having to go
> through a lot more hoops than those who the status quo.

The whole point of asking for a counter-proposal in this case was to  
equalize the hoop jumping. I don't think we've asked Tab to do any  
less work than Manu. And I don't think sticking with mailing list  
discussion of Manu's proposal would have been as fair, to either side.

Regards,
Maciej
Received on Monday, 7 December 2009 21:22:09 UTC

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