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IMPORTANT PROCESS NOTE

From: Gregg Vanderheiden <gv@trace.wisc.edu>
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2005 09:46:51 -0600
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Please do not attribute to the working group, comments made by individuals.
"an argument made by some but not adopted by the group was...." is an
accurate statement.    "the group repeated says" is inaccurate.   "a
recurring argument" is accurate but ambiguous and can raise the temperature
of the discussion unnecessarily.   At least say  "An argument by some" or
"an argument made by one" if you are basing your comment on the comment made
by one person. 


We are getting lots of heat generated about individual comments that is
detracting from the discussion.   It is decisions that are made that are
important.  And with each decision we record the rationale.   If a decision
is made that you don't like -- look at the rationale  NOT the discussion
leading up to it.   

In discussions many arguments are made that the group does not agree with.
But it may make a decision in that direction for a completely different
reason.  That does NOT mean that the group agrees with all the arguments
that were stated in support of that decision.  THE GROUP ONLY AGREES WITH
THE DECISION BASED ON THE RATIONALE STATED BY THE GROUP.

Reading beyond that is inappropriate, inaccurate and often inflammatory.
Please do not do this.

The only things that can be attributed to the group are the things it
reaches consensus or votes to approve - and then only for the reasons
captured in the rationale.  

Thank you.

 
Gregg

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Gregg C Vanderheiden Ph.D. 
Professor - Ind. Engr. & BioMed Engr.
Director - Trace R & D Center 
University of Wisconsin-Madison 
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