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RE: AB size [Was: Re: Is strategic voting a problem? - was RE: Don't disclose election results]

From: Stephen Zilles <szilles@adobe.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:46:38 +0000
To: Yosuke Funahashi <yosuke@funahashi.cc>, Charles McCathie Nevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru>, "public-w3process@w3.org" <public-w3process@w3.org>, Arthur Barstow <art.barstow@gmail.com>
Message-ID: <73f5ef2937214cc182e99958884bab17@BN1PR02MB183.namprd02.prod.outlook.com>


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Yosuke Funahashi [mailto:yosuke@funahashi.cc]
> Sent: Monday, June 09, 2014 3:55 PM
> To: Charles McCathie Nevile; public-w3process@w3.org; Arthur Barstow
> Subject: Re: AB size [Was: Re: Is strategic voting a problem? - was RE: Don't
[SNIP]
> >> What specific role/task cannot be handled by the AC and why?
> >
> > Whatever W3C staff do not feel comfortable sharing with the membership
> > at large as the first place they consult.
> 
> This is one of the points which are difficult or impossible for me to
> understand. I don't mean I disagree with this. I just mean I have almost no
> data point to consider this topic.
> 
> During the intro session, you said the benefit of the AB's consultation for
> W3M was mostly its agility rather than topic's sensitivity, as you wrote below
> again. If it's the case, could the AB create a list of this type of consultation it
> has provided to W3M ex. during this one year please?
> 
> This data point is important on many levels, for example, if the consultation
> were the major, core, or irreplaceable role of the AB, this data point
> should've been provided to AC reps before and during the election, allowing
> AC reps to choose the right people to deal with the issues.
> 
> Yosuke

[SZ] The question you are asking is quite appropriate. To help answer it, I will point to several sources that might be of help:
1. In the past, the AB did a presentation to the AC on what they had done in the past 6 months. This was discontinued when the focus shifted to how the Web and the W3C should grow. For an example of such a presentation, look at: https://www.w3.org/2008/Talks/0422-ac-ab/#(1) 
2. When the Patent Policy was to be presented to the AC for its consideration and review, the AB helped the Team shape the presentation to the AC to answer as many likely questions as possible and avoid confusion. This clearly had to be done at the last minute.
3. Some activities, such as hiring decisions, necessarily require limiting knowledge (during the search process) to a smaller number of people (and only a subset of the AB participated).
4. Two of this morning (Tuesday, 10 June 2014)'s sessions benefited from AB help: (1) the Webizen Proposal and (2) Team speaking on Policy Matters.  These, however, were not strictly urgent and could have (and some cases tried to) enlisted participation by any W3C participant.

Steve Zilles
Received on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 17:47:13 UTC

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