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Feedback an essential part of communication

From: Jutta Treviranus <jutta.treviranus@utoronto.ca>
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 11:24:59 -0400
Message-Id: <v04011702b33bb01e9389@[142.150.64.191]>
To: w3c-wai-au@w3.org
It was brought up at the last teleconference that it is very disconcerting
to put a proposal to the list and get no response or only one response.
When the responses are so sparse its not clear whether:
- people disagree but don't want to stick their neck out
- agree and think it is implied by their silence
- think the proposal is too trite to respond to
- haven't read the proposal
- are too confused to respond
- any other scenario, the imagination can go wild when there is a void and
you get yourself into the right mindset.

I propose that we try making this list a chattier, more friendly medium.
When a proposal is tabled and you read it, please respond even if it only
to echo what someone else has said or to say "sounds good but I need to
think further on this" or to say "I absolutely hate it but I'm not sure
why."

So we can sift the responses from the added material, if you are responding
and adding to the proposal please add a plus sign to the end of your
subject head. This would look like this:

Proposal subject head: Undeniably necessary addition
Simple response without added stuff: Re: Undeniably necessary addition
Response with counter proposal or added material: Re: Undeniably necessary
addition +

I propose we experiment with this for a few weeks and then decide whether
it is helpful or cumbersome during the April 28 conference call.

And people better respond to this proposal!

Jutta
Received on Thursday, 15 April 1999 11:23:01 UTC

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