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Re: Voting and W3C level of engagement

From: Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2014 23:25:45 -0400
Message-ID: <539134B9.4000606@w3.org>
To: Karl Dubost <karl@la-grange.net>, Charles McCathie Nevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru>
CC: "Jean-Charles (JC) Verdié" <jicheu@yahoo.fr>, "public-w3process@w3.org" <public-w3process@w3.org>

On 6/4/2014 9:57 PM, Karl Dubost wrote:
> Charles, Jeff,
> Le 5 juin 2014 à 06:54, Charles McCathie Nevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru> a écrit :
>> I think it is unfortunate that AC members cannot afford to be more engaged. But then, a lot of the members are quite small, and the cost of serious engagement in everything the AC does is quite high.
> # Elections (on topic)
> Some companies will join just for the publicity of being at W3C or for testing the water, which leads me to a thought about elections and decisions. It is said 25% of voters, which is low for a democracy.

I don't think that 25% is low for a democracy.  It is low for 
Presidential races in democracies.  In those democracies that also have 
local races (common in the US), participation is lower than Presidential 

>   Which is high for a community (usually you can count only 10% maximum of active people for large NPOs).
> * In this voting 25%, how many companies had more than one participant in W3C WG? (easy to extract)
> * In this subset of those with more than one participant, how many mails have been sent to W3C WGs activity (just as a barometer. A bit more work for extracting)
> * In the non voting 75% of companies, how many companies had more than one participants in W3C WG. (supposedly these companies are engaged in active work, but the AC rep is not interested in voting. It could be interesting to understand why).
> * In the range of voting companies and non voting companies, how the votes fare with regards to the number of employees. Do small companies vote less, Do big companies vote more?
> All of that to understand if there are better system for voting, or if there are better ways of engaging with the AC in general.
> # Past Experience (off topic you can stop reading here)
> Yes as Charles said. A W3C AC job can be a full time job, if you really want to be aware of everything happening, being able to channel the information to the appropriate persons inside the company. Same thing for participating to mailing-lists as spec contributor.
> As a non-W3C member in the years 2009, but with still interest in W3C work, working in a full time job as a technical director. Following W3C work was difficult. It required a lot of time to be able to relay a useful information for the developers of the company.
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