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Re: w3process-ACTION-36: What the Director Does

From: Stephen Zilles <szilles@adobe.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:11:16 +0000
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Section 2.2 The W3C Team list some of the Director's rights and responsibilities:
"The Director is the lead technical architect at W3C and as such, is responsible for assessing consensus within W3C for architectural choices, publication of technical reports, and new Activities. The Director appoints group Chairs and has the role of "tie-breaker" for questions of Good Standing in a Working Group or appeal of a Working Group decision. The Director is generally Chair of the TAG."

This list is incomplete and largely redundant as the more complete (to the best of my ability) list of these rights and responsibilities below shows.

It is my recommendation that Section 2.2 not list any of the Director's rights and responsibilities, but that these be identified (as they are now) in the sections to which they apply.

The one sentence that is not redundant is, "The Director is the lead technical architect at W3C and as such, is responsible for assessing consensus within W3C for architectural choices". But, this, too, is a bit misleading because the Director is responsible for assessing consensus within the W3C for more than just architectural choices. See for example Section 8 Advisory Committee Reviews, Appeals, and Votes. Perhaps, the "Director is the lead technical architect at W3C" should go in the TAG section.

DETAILED LIST OF DIRECTOR'S RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITES:
(These are excerpts from the 2014 Process Document. Those that are listed in Section 5 would disappear with the dropping of Activities in Process2015.]

Section 1 Introduction
Item 2: When there is enough interest in a topic (e.g., after a successful Workshop and/or discussion on an Advisory Committee mailing list), the Director announces the development of a proposal for a new Activity or Working Group charter, depending on the breadth of the topic of interest. [...]the Director approves the new Activity and groups get down to work.

Section 2.1.1 Rights of Members
Final Paragraph [...]:When serious and/or repeated violations do occur, and repeated attempts to address these violations have not resolved the situation, the Director MAY take disciplinary action.

Section 2.2.1 Team Submissions
First Paragraph: Team members MAY request that the Director publish information at the W3C Web site. At the Director's discretion, these documents are published ...

Section 2.4.1 Technical Architecture Group Participation
Paragraphs 1 and 2: [...]The Team appoints the Chair of the TAG, who is generally the Director.
Three TAG participants are appointed by the Director. [...]The Director MAY appoint W3C Fellows to the TAG.

Section 2.5.2 Advisory Board and Technical Architecture Group Elections
First Paragraph: [...]The Director SHOULD announce appointments no later than the start of a nomination period, and generally as part of the Call for Nominations.

Section 2.5.3 Advisory Board and Technical Architecture Group Vacated Seats
Final Paragraph, bullet item 1: When an appointed TAG seat is vacated, the Director MAY re-appoint someone immediately, ...

Section 3.1.1 Conflict of Interest Policy
Second Paragraph: [...] For instance, the Director MAY appoint a new group Chair when the current Chair changes affiliations ...

Section 3.1.2 Individuals Representing a Member Organization
Second Paragraph: In exceptional circumstances [...], the Director MAY decline to allow an individual designated by an Advisory Committee representative to participate in a group.

Section 3.3 Consensus
First Paragraph: [...] Note: The Director, W3C Chair, and COO have the role of assessing consensus within the Advisory Committee. [This is, currently, only a Note.]

Section 3.3.2 Recording and Reporting Formal Objections
First paragraph: [...] Formal Objections receive Director consideration.

Section 3.5 Appeal of a Chair's Decision
Second Paragraph: When group participants believe that their concerns are not being duly considered by the group, they MAY ask the Director [...] to confirm or deny the decision.

Section 4 Dissemination Policies
First bullet of Second Paragraph: [there is a reference to "documents approved by the Director", but this only a reference]

Section 5.2 Advisory Committee Review of an Activity Proposal
First Paragraph: The Director MUST solicit Advisory Committee review of every proposal to create, substantively modify, or extend an Activity. [There is a similar requirement in 5.3 Modification of an Activity and 5.4 Extension of an Activity.]
AND Third Paragraph
The Director announces to the Advisory Committee whether there is consensus within W3C ...

Section 5.5 Activity Closure
First Paragraph: [...]The Director, subject to appeal by Advisory Committee representatives, MAY close an Activity ...

Section 6.1 Requirements for All Working, Interest, and Coordination Groups
Second Paragraph: [...]The Director appoints (and re-appoints) Chairs for all groups.

Section 6.2.1.3 Invited Expert in a Working Group
Third Paragraph: [...]When the Chair and the Team Contact disagree about a designation, the Director determines whether the individual will be invited ...
AND Sixth Paragraph
[...]An Invited Expert participates in a Working Group [...] until any of the following occurs: [...] the Chair or Director withdraws the invitation to participate

Section 6.2.1.7 Good Standing in a Working Group
Third Paragraph: [...]the Director determines the participant's standing. [Now obsolete if GS goes.]
AND Eighth Paragraph
[...] the Advisory Committee representative MAY ask the Director to confirm or deny the decision.

Section 6.2.3 Advisory Committee Review of a Working Group or Interest Group Charter
First Paragraph: The Director MUST solicit Advisory Committee review of every new or substantively modified Working Group or Interest Group charter. The Director is NOT REQUIRED to solicit Advisory Committee review prior to a charter extension or for minor changes.

Section 6.2.4 Call for Participation in a Working Group or Interest Group
First Paragraph: [...]the Director MAY issue a Call for Participation ...

Section 6.2.5 Working Group and Interest Group Charter Extension
First Paragraph: the Director announces the extension ...

Section 6.2.8 Working Group and Interest Group Closure
First Paragraph: [...]The Director, subject to appeal by Advisory Committee representatives, MAY close a group prior to the date specified in the charter...
AND Second Paragraph:
The Director closes a Working Group or Interest Group by announcement to the Advisory Committee.

Section 6.3.2 Coordination Group Creation and Closure
First Paragraph: The Director creates or modifies a Coordination Group ...

Section 7.1 W3C Technical Reports
Third Paragraph: [...]If the Director determines that W3C member review supports a specification becoming a standard, W3C publishes it as a Recommendation.

Section 7.1.1 Recommendations and Notes
Third Paragraph: The Director may decline a request to advance in maturity level,
AND
The Director must inform the Advisory Committee and Working Group Chairs [when that happens]

Section 7.1.2 Maturity Levels, W3C Recommendation (REC)
[...]has received the endorsement of W3C Members and the Director.

Section 7.2.2 Advancement on the Recommendation Track
First Paragraph: For all requests to advance a specification [...] MUST obtain Director approval.

Section 7.2.3.1 Wide Review
First Paragraph: [...] Before approving transitions, the Director will consider who has been explicitly offered a reasonable opportunity to review ...

Section 7.2.4 Implementation Experience
First Paragraph: [...]when assessing that there is adequate implementation experience the Director will consider ...

Section 7.3.1 First Public Working Draft
Second Paragraph: The Director MUST announce the publication of a First Public Working Draft ...

Section 7.3.3 Stopping Work on a specification
First Paragraph: [...]If the Director closes a Working Group W3C MUST publish any unfinished specifications ...

7.4 Candidate Recommendation
Second Paragraph: The Director MUST announce the publication of a Candidate Recommendation ...

Section 7.4.1 Revising a Candidate Recommendation
First Paragraph: [...] Working Group MUST obtain the Director's approval to publish a revision of a Candidate Recommendation.
AND Third Paragraph
The Director must announce the publication ...

Section 7.5 Proposed Recommendation
Second Paragraph: A Working Group: MUST show adequate implementation experience except where an exception is approved by the Director,
AND Second Paragraph
The Director:
MUST announce the publication ...
MAY approve a Proposed Recommendation with minimal implementation experience [...] Director SHOULD explain the reasons for that decision.

Section 7.6 W3C Recommendation
Second Paragraph, bullet 3: [...] Director MUST publish the substantive content of the dissent ...
AND bullet 4:
The Director must announce the publication ...

Section 7.9 Rescinding a W3C Recommendation
First Paragraph: [...] A Working Group MAY request the Director to rescind a Recommendation which was a deliverable, or the Director MAY directly propose to rescind a Recommendation.
AND Fourth Paragraph:
To propose rescinding a W3C Recommendation, a Working Group or the Director
MUST publish rationale for rescinding the Recommendation.
SHOULD document known implementation.
AND Sixth Paragraph:
In addition the Director, if proposing to rescind a Recommendation MUST show that the request to rescind is based on public comment.
AND Seventh Paragraph:
The Director MUST announce the proposal to rescind ...
And Eighth Paragraph:
If there was any dissent in Advisory Committee reviews, the Director MUST publish the substantive content of the dissent ...

Section 8 Advisory Committee Reviews, Appeals, and Votes
First Paragraph: [...] A W3C decision is one where the Director (or the Director's delegate) has exercised the role of assessing consensus after ...

Section 8.1.2 After the Review Period
First Paragraph: [...]Director MUST announce to the Advisory Committee the level of support for the proposal (consensus or dissent). The Director MUST also indicate whether there were any Formal Objections ...
AND item 2:
the Director's announcement MUST include rationale for the decision to advance the document despite the proposal for a substantive change.
AND Second Paragraph:
If, after three weeks, the Director has not announced the outcome, the Director SHOULD provide the Advisory Committee with an update.

Section 10 Liaisons
Third Paragraph: The W3C Director MAY negotiate and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with another organization. Before signing the MoU, the Team MUST inform the Advisory Committee of the intent to sign ...

Section 11 Member Submission Process
Fourth Paragraph, item 2: After Team review, the Director MUST either acknowledge or reject the Submission request.

Section 11.3 Acknowledgment of a Submission Request
First Paragraph: The Director acknowledges a Submission request by sending an announcement ...

Section 11.4 Rejection of a Submission Request
First Paragraph: The Director MAY reject a Submission request for a variety of reasons, ...
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