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Re: Explanatory Memorandum

From: Thomas Roessler <tlr@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:32:29 -0400
Cc: "public-tracking@w3.org" <public-tracking@w3.org>, Peter Swire <peter@peterswire.net>, "Matthias Schunter (Intel Corporation)" <mts-std@schunter.org>
Message-Id: <559860EF-090C-4CED-B796-1D5B48C9D1AB@w3.org>
To: Alan Chapell <achapell@chapellassociates.com>
On 2013-07-18, at 15:41 -0400, Alan Chapell <achapell@chapellassociates.com> wrote:

>   Why was the document entitled “What Base Text to Use for the Do Not Track Compliance Specification” (“Decision Document”) characterized as a group decision rather than a chair’s decision? The Decision Document repeatedly uses the term “group decision.” However, a group decision would seem to suggest that WG member votes were tallied, but I don’t see votes tabulated anywhere. 

The document is correctly characterized as a group decision:  Based on the discussion and the objections received, the chairs identified the path forward that drew the weakest objections, and recorded it as a group decision (as is their task).

Of note, in the W3C process document: "Groups should favor proposals that create the weakest objections. This is preferred over proposals that are supported by a large majority but that cause strong objections from a few people."

Also of note: "When the Chair believes that the Group has duly considered the legitimate concerns of dissenters as far as is possible and reasonable, the group should move on."
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