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Why did I have to hunt for this list?

From: Daniel Phillips <phillips@bonn-fries.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 16:23:32 +0200
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-Id: <20011001142336Z16309-2757+2627@humbolt.nl.linux.org>
Hello, everyone.

(Sorry, my first comment will be slightly off-topic.)

Why did I have to hunt for this list?  And why are no pointers from the 
archives to explicit instructions on how to subscribe?  The mailing list 
management system isn't even named.  Let alone any obvious description of the 
purpose of this mailing list, as I would expect for any normal mailing list.

These things taken together with other observations lead me to feel that W3C 
has no real interest in receiving public comment.  It is only by chance that 
the real public has become aware of this existence of either this mailing 
list or the W3C's current initiative to bless the idea of patented web 

That said, it is easy to see that the commentary so far is almost universally 
negative, as well it should be.  Personally, I am so shocked by this amazing 
development that I must conclude that the W3C is no real standards body, and 
must be promptly and publicly exposed as the special interest lobby that it 
really is.  I believe that it is too late for W3C to undo what it has done, 
and by its actions has demonstrated its lack of fitness to act in the 
interests of the majority of web users.

It is time to reform the W3C as a democratic organization, or if that is not 
possible, to publicly strip it of whatever standards-making legitimacy it may 
deem itself to possess.

Received on Monday, 1 October 2001 10:23:47 UTC

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