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Request for CCG Chair Intervention in CCG Process

From: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2021 17:52:49 -0400
To: W3C Credentials CG <public-credentials@w3.org>
Message-ID: <51251152-fb46-d530-a4da-40794f98a2a1@digitalbazaar.com>
This is a request for intervention by the CCG Chairs on a CCG Process question
that has been raised in the VC HTTP API Work Item group.

The crux of the issue is that there are some in the VC HTTP API Work Item
group that believe that there is no clear escalation process for resolving
decisions that are unable to achieve group consensus.

Some have asserted that the definition of "consensus" is not clear and that
the CCG does not necessarily follow W3C Process (because it has created its
own bespoke rules over the years).

A recent attempt at polling for consensus, and then when that failed, backing
off to a majority vote of those present, and when that failed, using a simple
majority vote of those that were present:

https://w3c-ccg.github.io/meetings/2021-07-13-vchttpapi/#topic-4

... has resulted in an objection that the approach is not acceptable for the CCG:

https://github.com/w3c-ccg/vc-http-api/pull/224#discussion_r682106281

... which then resulted in a meta discussion about CCG process:

https://w3c-ccg.github.io/meetings/2021-08-17-vchttpapi/#topic-3

Chairs, please clarify the escalation process for decisions that don't achieve
consensus.

My personal suggestion is to make the following clarifications:

1. Clarify that the applicable definitions and
   sections of the W3C Process document are the base
   definitions and operating procedure for the CCG and the
   Work Item groups. Refer to the document explicitly
   from the CCG Process.

2. Clearly state that all decisions are to be made
   by group consensus (as defined by the W3C Process
   Document). If consensus fails, the Editors
   of a particular document can make a binding consensus
   decision to get the group to move on. That decision can
   be appealed with the W3C CCG Chairs who will make
   the final decision.

Please provide a resolution to this issue sooner than later, as it continues
to negatively impact the VC HTTP API work.

-- manu

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