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[Bug 8892] HTML5 editor should propose changes within email list

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Date: Sun, 07 Feb 2010 21:01:40 +0000
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--- Comment #6 from Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>  2010-02-07 21:01:40 ---
Sam wrote:

> I'll postulate that the reaction to the changes is addressing a
> symptom, but not the underlying problem.

I agree that clear definition of terms and communication is a problem, Sam. But
beneath those has been a fundamental disagreement in the concept of and
approach to consensus. 

In July 2008 the HTML5 editor wrote:

The HTML5 work isn't using the traditional W3C approach, and will never use a
consensus approach so long as I am editor. Consensus simply isn't a good way to
get technically solid specifications, and is in any case basically impossible
to achieve in a group with hundreds of participants such as this one.

I have no intention of developing HTML5 based on consensus, and will continue
to base decisions on the weight of technical arguments without regard to the
number of people who hold opinions and without attempting to wait for everyone
to agree on a topic before moving forward. I certainly won't put the W3C
process above bringing the Web forward to the best of my ability, whatever that
may be. I have been very clear about this since well before I was appointed
co-editor in the W3C HTMLWG.

Has the editor's position on and approach to consensus changed? An editor
trying to reach consensus would indeed be a positive achievement and help allay
worst possible fears. How can that be addressed in a policy?

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