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Re: Review of tests upstreamed by implementors

From: Tobie Langel <tobie@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:12:04 +0100
Message-Id: <E4D42B98-5EEA-4249-A297-79EAD9C24EB1@w3.org>
Cc: public-test-infra <public-test-infra@w3.org>
To: Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org>
On Mar 20, 2013, at 8:58 PM, Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org> wrote:

> The W3C is about to turn 20. In Web years, this is a land of lore and legend, filled with tradition and the words of the ancient.
> 
> There is an awful of lot of "we do it this way" and "you can't do that" going around. Not for bad reason, it's just stuff that made sense at some point, and then stuck. But if it doesn't make sense, no matter how new to this you are, if someone can't point you to a validated rule in writing, challenge it. People's reaction is overwhelmingly often to assume a follow-the-rules attitude, probably because this is about standards. We shouldn't. For everything that needs rules, there's the patent policy (and the few parts of the process that support it). Everything else is meant to be broken.
> 
> And if someone *can* find something in writing, challenge it anyway. Grouchiness is our strongest asset in fighting the thing that any organisation will invariably acquire through the insults of time: bureaucracy.

Amen.

--tobie
Received on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 20:10:13 UTC

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