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Re: Doodle poll on IG vs. XG

From: Christine Perey <cperey@perey.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 17:10:16 +0100
Message-ID: <4B572AE8.9080009@perey.com>
To: Harry Halpin <hhalpin@ibiblio.org>
CC: public-xg-socialweb@w3.org
Hi Harry,

Your Doodle asks if the group should ask the W3C for extension as an XG 
or change to IG. Is there not a third scenario in which the report of 
the SWXG gets finished (at least in draft) in the next 60 days?

Ten months ago I found it difficult to envision how we would use an 
entire year to complete the charter of the XG...

I fear that if the XG were to become directly an IG, it might not *ever* 
fulfill its charter and a lot of effort would be lost.

On the other hand, if  we take more and more time before producing a 
report, and with the world of social Web moving forward, not standing 
still, how do we know that the information gathered last July is still 
accurate? relevant? valid?

Don't you/we run the risk, with an extension, of the XG being totally 
irrelevant (we may be anyway!)?

I am unable to commit more of my time to the SWXG report/document (since 
I am up against another deadline right now), we all know how deadlines 
can be very valuable for increasing focus and productivity.

What are the chances that by asking for an extension of the SWXG, the 
group and its editor(s) are just pushing the inevitable "pain" out to 
spring 2010?


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Harry Halpin wrote:
> To take a quick straw poll, here is the Doodle poll for IG vs. XG:
> http://www.doodle.com/g6wgh3dsydquivnh
> Basically, if we extend the XG, then we have more time to figure out
> future standardization and write the final report.
> If we go the route of the IG, then we can use the list-serv and even
> meet indefinitely, but we don't really have a purpose per se.
> My preference is to stick with the XG for the time being before
> transitioning into an IG, as I think we have yet to overview the full
> landscape and talk to enough people to give the W3C an accurate
> overview and gameplan that respects and integrates well into the rest
> of the Social Web eco-system. Plus, I only like participating in
> activities that have definite goal. Once we are done with the final
> report, I'm happy to turn into a IG-driven listserv though if that's
> the best way forward, or maybe an IG plus some WGs (Working Groups).
> For differences, see here [2].
> [1]http://www.doodle.com/g6wgh3dsydquivnh
> [2] http://www.w3.org/2005/10/Process-20051014/groups
>         cheers,
>              harry
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