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RE: New, Unified XG Proposal

From: Christine Perey <cperey@perey.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009 08:58:13 +0100
To: <public-social-web-talk@w3.org>
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Hello  

You are being asked to review and think/express yourself about [1]. 

Take your time and think about this, please.

For those who may have not been reading all the mail, or just joined, here
is a brief background (from my perspective):
The week following the workshop in Barcelona (roughly January 20), there
were two rough draft charters: one, pre-existing, on data portability [2]
and another, new-published to the list on Jan 20 or 21, on best practices
[3], focusing on privacy and trust to start with (but possibly expanding to
other areas).

The reason that there were two proposed was for focus. 

When asked by Harry (in his quick and informal poll back on Friday January
23):

2) Would you prefer one or two XGs? One XG focused on interoperability
between existing work on the social web, and another focused on Best
Practices? Or should these be done as one XG?

Votes for one XG: 7
Votes for two XG: 6
Those who voted strongly for two XG included Alexandre P., Michael H. 

In hindsight, one of the problems with this quick poll (Jan 23) was that you
were not provided the two links to charters but it was intended to be a
quick poll of those who were following the discussion (and most likely to
participate) anyway. 

In parallel with the poll by Harry, I put forth an illustration of what a
"Unified" group might span, something like this [4]. 

In one week, no one responded to the suggestion that there be one large XG
with task forces as illustrated in this diagram. We have, for purposes of
illustration/debate, prepared an XG charter that spans many
topics/deliverables so you can see what "one" XG looks like. 

In the first 12 hours since releasing the Unified Social charter [1] to this
list, several (I count 3: Alexandre Passant, Michael, Pat Parslow) have
expressed, based on their experience, great doubts/concerns about the
viability of one (large) XG to work on more than one of the many Social
Networking (or Social Web) topics which were found to be important to the
future success of these types of services.  These who have already expressed
themselves are entirely consistent with their original votes/positions.

Now we await the comments and reactions of others on this list. 

Of course, if you do not intend to contribute, or don't have an opinion (are
willing to live with or you will contribute either way), you can sit back
(ignore this debate entirely)!

Christine 
cperey@perey.com 
mobile (Swiss): +41 79 436 68 69
note my mobile in Barcelona (February 15-19 2009) will be +34 65218026 

[1] http://esw.w3.org/topic/UnifiedSocialXG
[2] http://esw.w3.org/topic/SocialWebXGCharter
[3] http://esw.w3.org/topic/SocialNetworkingBestPractices  
[4]  http://www.perey.com/W3C_Activity_by_Topic_Matrix.html 
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