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Re: Invited expert - Change of policy?

From: Renato Iannella <renato@nicta.com.au>
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2009 10:23:35 +1000
CC: <public-social-web-talk@w3.org>
Message-ID: <2CDF2CAD-8C95-4D1A-B847-DE11E0069919@nicta.com.au>
To: Harry Halpin <hhalpin@ibiblio.org>, Mauro Nunez <mauro@w3.org>

On 7 Apr 2009, at 09:44, Harry Halpin wrote:

> 2) For taking formal consensus etc. I'm assuming Member  
> organizations and Invited Experts will be those involved in the  
> consensus.
> This makes sense, as both formal decisions and editorship require a  
> level of commitment, and an explicit agreement to the W3C RF Patent  
> Policy. Therefore, I would strongly advise those wishing to be  
> deeply involved in the group to apply for Invited Expert status, and  
> expect little problems in this regard. To reiterate DanBri's earlier  
> point, the public e-mail list will be open to the public (of  
> course!) and telecons will be as well.

Isn't this worse? Are you creating a two-class system?

Those Members/Invited Experts who decide "consensus" and the "rest of  
the participating public".?

It also creates an unclear IP regime as any "member of the public" can  
make contributions (without agreeing to the W3C Patent Policy) *and*  
without the need to make any disclosures?

The solution is simple: Everyone becomes an "Invited Expert" and  
agrees to the XG Charter policy.

Add appropriate links the XG page (http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/socialweb/ 
) so that non-members can fill in a simple form to become Invited  
Experts (the co-chairs can vet the submissions)...and then they join  
both lists (but we only use the public list) so that the non- 
participating public can read the archives.

Cheers...  Renato Iannella
Received on Tuesday, 7 April 2009 00:34:37 UTC

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