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RE: fixing process regression related to typo fixes

From: Stephen Zilles <szilles@adobe.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:49:56 +0000
To: "L. David Baron" <dbaron@dbaron.org>, "public-w3process@w3.org" <public-w3process@w3.org>
CC: Tantek Γ‡elik <tantek@cs.stanford.edu>
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Comments inline below.
Steve Z

> -----Original Message-----
> From: L. David Baron [mailto:dbaron@dbaron.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 5:28 PM
> To: public-w3process@w3.org
> Subject: fixing process regression related to typo fixes
> 
> Given the call for comments [1] on the Process 2016, I wanted to re-raise an
> issue that has been raised here before:
> https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-w3process/2014Oct/0143.html

> in the hopes that it could be addressed in Process 2016.
> 
> This was a regression in Process 2014 (links to relevant changeset and issue are
> in the email above) that changed the process to require that typo fixes or other
> _Editorial changes_ to W3C Recommendations go through Proposed
> Recommendation or Proposed Edited Recommendation rather than just being
> able to be published.
> 
> It would be good to revert to the 2005 state in which working groups can make
> editorial changes to recommendations without going through PR and an AC
> vote to do so.

I do believe that the change in the Process 2014 document was a conscious choice and not an accident. The main argument for the change was that can anyone tell (without review) whether an editorial change is truly editorial. That is why the all text changes became reviewable. This argument is stated in more detail in
  https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-w3process/2014Oct/0145.html  
from Wayne Carr which is a response to Elika's message that you point to above. Wayne suggests several other ways to get the necessary review, but does not believe that they are improvements.

Any change in this area should have wider discussion prior to changing the process.


> 
> -David
> 
> [1] https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/w3c-ac-

> members/2016JulSep/0016.html
> 
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