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Professional and constructive working practices

From: Ian Horrocks <ian.horrocks@comlab.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 17:32:46 +0000
Message-Id: <669116BF-7B12-4458-8463-9349761DBFCC@comlab.ox.ac.uk>
To: "Web Ontology Language ((OWL)) Working Group WG" <public-owl-wg@w3.org>

Dear All,

The tone of some recent emails has not been conducive to good working  
relationships or to making progress towards our shared goals. We also  
find charter and process arguments to be generally unhelpful. In  
future can we please all try to:

- confine ourselves to technical discussion and avoid ether explicit  
or implicit ad hominem arguments [1]
- ask for clarification if needed and avoid "interpretation" or  
putting words into other peoples' mouths
- look for common ground and work towards consensus
- avoid appealing to the charter, W3C process, etc. in support of our  

As chairs, we will do our best to enforce these guidelines during  
meetings and on the mailing list, but if you notice things getting  
ugly before we step in, please call "Time Out" and help everyone to  
stop the conversation until they are ready to continue in a  
respectful manner.

Suggestions for how to improve Working Group process are always  
welcome at team-owl-chairs@w3.org (which is also read by Ivan and  
Sandro). And if you have a concern about how we're running things,  
please talk to us about it first.

Alan & Ian

[1] "attacking or appealing to a characteristic or belief of the  
person" (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem)
Received on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 17:33:02 UTC

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