w3process-ISSUE-151 (Resigning from a WG): How to resign from a working group [Process Document]

w3process-ISSUE-151 (Resigning from a WG): How to resign from a working group [Process Document]


Raised by: Charles McCathie Nevile
On product: Process Document

The current Process says
3.6 Resignation from a Group

A W3C Member or Invited Expert MAY resign from a group. The Team will establish administrative procedures for resignation. See section 4.2. of the W3C Patent Policy [PUB33] for information about obligations remaining after resignation from certain groups.
After a decade and a bit, we could probably do better than that. In practice people *have* resigned from Working Groups. Do we need a formal definition?

It would mostly be relevant because the Patent Policy allows 60 days from the date of resignation to exclude material added between the FPWD+60 and the most recent Public Working draft - without a clear way of finding the date we could see problems identifying the last Public Working Draft, and the expiry of the 60 days.


"On written notification from an AC rep or invited expert, or equivalent action to formally leave the WG (e.g. through an automated join/leave system), the member's representatives will be deemed to have resigned from the relevant Group, effective immediately".

The edge case I see is a group agreeing to a Public Working Draft, and before it is *published* a member resigns in order to avoid having a disclosure obligation relative to material in that draft.

One possible mitigation would be to require that the resignation is announced publicly, but I believe this is not what people have generally preferred to do in the past.

Received on Sunday, 11 January 2015 16:53:45 UTC