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Re: Thoughts on culture -esp. chairs and versions Re: " W3C Culture" CG? RE: Problems I'd like to see addressed in Process 2016

From: Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2015 04:12:37 -0400
Message-ID: <5541E3F5.1000604@w3.org>
To: Daniel Glazman <daniel.glazman@disruptive-innovations.com>, public-w3process@w3.org


On 4/30/2015 3:13 AM, Daniel Glazman wrote:
> I see at least one area where Chairs should lead more strongly, and
> that's related to an issue we recently got in the CSS WG: the W3C
> Process gives a few, rare, direct prerogatives to Chairs. They appoint
> Invited Experts, name editors, a few things like that. For the first
> time in CSS WG's history, an individual the vast majority of members
> wanted to see co-edit a document was blocked by a Member, despite of
> a clear consensus. Because of the local culture that required a WG
> unanimity to appoint an editor, we chairs made a mistake: we started
> a negociatiation instead of relying on the Process that says it's one
> of our prerogatives and it was extremely long and painful. This is not
> going to happen again, Peter and I have decided this becomes our sole
> decision again, granted by the Process.

I strongly agree that we have inadequately mapped out the role of the 
Chair.  We have some in the Guide book [1], but that listing is too 
administrative for my taste.  I'm not sure if updating this in the new 
crowd-sourced Guide is adequate, or if we need more in the process document.

[1] http://www.w3.org/Guide/chair-roles.html
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