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Re: Managing Public Comments to the RDF WG

From: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:03:31 -0400
Message-ID: <51C1F273.5050809@dbooth.org>
To: David Wood <david@3roundstones.com>
CC: "public-rdf-wg@w3.org WG" <public-rdf-wg@w3.org>, public-rdf-comments Comments <public-rdf-comments@w3.org>
I appreciate the difficulty that is caused by having so many messages 
sent to public-rdf-wg@w3.org , but the practical implications of the 
policy below seem problematic.

When a comment or proposal is sent to the public-rdf-comments@w3.org 
list, frequently there are important followup questions and 
explanations.  If those are posted to "semantic-web@w3.org, 
public-lod@w3.org, other mailing lists", how would the commenter be 
assured that the working group would see them?

I think the root of the problem is the fact that the regular RDF working 
group mailing list is only open to members of that group.  Other than 
the public-rdf-comments@w3.org list, there *is* no other public 
communication channel available for people who are not WG members to 
communicate with the RDF working group.  That is a problem.  I believe 
it was an unintended consequence of the decision to limit the 
public-rdf-wg@w3.org list to working group members (to avoid spam?).

CONCRETE PROPOSAL: (a) Change the subscription and posting policy of the 
public-rdf-wg@w3.org list to allow people who are not working group 
members to subscribe to that list and post to that list.  (b) When a 
comment or proposal is sent to public-rdf-comments@w3.org, encourage 
followup discussion to take place on the public-rdf-wg@w3.org list.

David Booth

On 06/19/2013 11:43 AM, David Wood wrote:
> Hi all,
> The purpose of the public-rdf-comments mailing list is to ensure that
> members of the public may suggest changes to or raise concerns about
> specifications managed by the RDF Working Group.  Importantly, the
> RDF WG has a requirement to ensure that each public comment is
> formally addressed.  That is very hard for us to accomplish when
> detailed and long-running design discussions take place on that
> list.
> We discussed the management of the public-rdf-comments list during
> today's telecon and decided that long-running conversations should
> not take place on that list.  Members of the public wishing to hold
> such discussions are encouraged to do so on semantic-web@w3.org,
> public-lod@w3.org, other mailing lists or via interpersonal
> communications.
> Members of the public should therefore limit traffic on
> public-rdf-comments to concrete proposals to change RDF WG
> specifications.  The public-rdf-comments mailing list should not be
> copied on messages to other mailing lists.
> Members of the RDF WG should refrain from replying to
> public-rdf-comments without permission of the WG chairs.
> Thank you.
> Regards, Dave -- http://about.me/david_wood
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