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Re: w3process-ISSUE-158 (New or continued WG?): Does rechartering extinguish a WG or continue it? [Process Document]

From: Wayne Carr <wayne.carr@linux.intel.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 22:10:35 -0800
Message-ID: <54DC43DB.8090101@linux.intel.com>
To: public-w3process@w3.org

On 2015-02-11 19:26, Revising W3C Process Community Group Issue Tracker 
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> w3process-ISSUE-158 (New or continued WG?): Does rechartering extinguish a WG or continue it? [Process Document]
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> http://www.w3.org/community/w3process/track/issues/158
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> Raised by: Charles McCathie Nevile
> On product: Process Document
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> Sections 6.2.4 and 6.2.5 <https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/AB/raw-file/default/cover.html#cfp> describe the process of extending charters.
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> It is unclear whether a Working Group that is rechartered is the same Working Group, or a different one - which has an impact on how the Patent Policy works, since commitments are to things produced by a particular Working Group.

The patent policy has other important concepts that aren't specifically 
defined in the policy, not just Working Group.  Like obligations are 
"related to the work of that particular Working Group".  It doesn't seem 
altogether unreasonable to think that the work of a WG in that context 
means the work undertaken under a Charter while you're actually in the 
WG, as opposed to work meaning everything the WG did in previous decades 
including work that no one has looked at since.

So, the matter isn't necessarily settled on whether WGs are the same WG 
after charter or not.  I think this is the wrong place to discuss this 
at all.  There don't seem to be any purely process issues to resolve 
related to this.  I think it should just be closed.  If it's a patent 
issue, it doesn't belong here.




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> We can clarify that a Working Group whose charter is revised is the same, or a different Working Group. It is probably worth asking the AC to express a preference one way or another before we decide it here.
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