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Re: Decision Policy [was: Intended Audience]

From: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2009 09:35:19 -0500
Message-ID: <498461A7.7000406@intertwingly.net>
To: Philip TAYLOR <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
CC: public-html <public-html@w3.org>

Philip TAYLOR wrote:
> 
> Dear Sam -- May I ask for clarification on just one
> point of your recent message :
> 
> Sam Ruby wrote:
> 
>> a) I've made a number of references to 'independent'.  I recognize 
>> that that is entirely subjective, and up to the chairs to evaluate. 
>> hsivonen, maciej, and lachy often agree on things, but generally are 
>> considered independent.  By contrast, if an issue is raised by jonas 
>> and ONLY endorsed by rsayre and dbaron, depending on the issue at 
>> hand, that may not be recognized by the chairs as sufficient. 
> 
> I simply do not understand the rationale behind this.
> 
> On what basis are you (as Chairman) willing to accept
> hsivonen,  maciej, and lachy as three independent witnesses,
> while denying the same status to jonas, rsayre and dbaron ?
> 
> And to address the same point from a different perspective,
> by /whom/ are "hsivonen, maciej, and lachy generally considered
> independent" ?

It is a fair question, but the answer will depend on context.  I 
apologize is the example that I hoped would illustrate my point instead 
served to add confusion.

The point I was trying to make is that, in the rather unlikely event 
that employees of any one company were to begin voting as a block and in 
variance with the wishes of the remaining members of the working group, 
that would be taken into consideration.  How that would affect the 
outcome would depend on the issue under consideration.

The larger point is that any rules that can be defined can be gamed. 
I've been around long enough to see many of the most common tactics, and 
as long as I am here, I will take any and all necessary action if and 
when such is appropriate.  Of course, my ability to do so is predicated 
on my ability to develop and retain the trust of this working group.

Meanwhile, this point should serve as some guidance for people who wish 
to establish that there is sufficient support for whatever issue or 
document that you might wish to pursue.  If you are employed by a 
browser vendor, reach out to competitors.  Better yet, reach out to and 
actively include people who produce content.

- Sam Ruby
Received on Saturday, 31 January 2009 14:35:57 GMT

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