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Re: Evergreen Formal Objection handling (ESFO)

From: Chris Wilson <cwilso@google.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2019 16:01:16 -0700
Message-ID: <CAJK2wqWVeSN8Z1mOEtkm6yDHXXOe3DfGBPBnVLt5PhLUvf0tbg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Michael Champion <Michael.Champion@microsoft.com>
Cc: Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org>, "Siegman, Tzviya" <tsiegman@wiley.com>, David Singer <singer@apple.com>, W3C Process CG <public-w3process@w3.org>, Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>
FWIW, Mike and I are in agreement here.  I think the FO process is a DoS
attack vector if it can slow down the group (or forcibly keep FO warnings
in the ES), when that drive for consensus should have been handled earlier
in the process.  I'm (a little more than Mike) okay with keeping it in the
process, but if it is used more than 0.000001% of the time, this is a

On Thu, Mar 14, 2019 at 3:43 PM Michael Champion <
Michael.Champion@microsoft.com> wrote:

> >  In the multistakeholder web there needs to be the possibility for
> appeal beyond the groupthink.
> There should be an appeal to real world data, sure.  If tests fail, if the
> draft spec isn’t implemented,  or doesn’t much use in experimental contexts
> (origin trials, etc.), or has quantifiable performance problems, there
> should be backpressure on the groupthink. WG chairs should be expected to
> direct the WG to respond appropriately to such data, and to more
> qualitative review feedback from the TAG, or A11Y, I18N, privacy reviewers,
> etc.    I suppose there would be a role for the Director to intervene if
> the WG ignores the external feedback and proceeds with its groupthink;
>  Director can and should replace a Chair who allows such a thing.
> As for a scenario where a lone voice of reason wants to speak truth to the
> groupthink and appeals to the Director for support, I suppose I could go
> along with such a thing if it were essentially a nuclear option that would
> shut down the WG if the Director agrees (on process grounds) that the WG is
> not in touch with external reality, and withdraws support. But I think any
> process option that encourages dissenters to appeal to the Director in
> hopes of imposing their technical viewpoint on the rest of the group is a
> denial of service attack vector, and should not be perpetuated in the
> Evergreen process.
> *From: *"jeff@w3.org" <jeff@w3.org>
> *Date: *Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 1:43 PM
> *To: *Chris Wilson <cwilso@google.com>, Michael Champion <
> Michael.Champion@microsoft.com>
> *Cc: *"Siegman, Tzviya" <tsiegman@wiley.com>, David Singer <
> singer@apple.com>, W3C Process CG <public-w3process@w3.org>, Philippe Le
> Hegaret <plh@w3.org>
> *Subject: *Re: Evergreen Formal Objection handling (ESFO)
> On 3/14/2019 4:12 PM, Chris Wilson wrote:
> I'd like to propose text that says something like
> Similar to in the REC track, the Chair has a responsibility to ensure the
> Group operates under consensus.  In the ES track, it will likely be less
> likely to issue calls for consensus or assess consensus as a result of a
> poll of participants; however, theChair has an important oversight role to
> ensure that the group's discussions proceed according to the procedural
> approach chartered for the group, are in accordance with CEPC, and has the
> responsibility to be an impartial facilitator to decision-making when
> necessary.  Finally, of course, the Chair is the arbiter to whom
> participants appeal when they disagree with the way that the editors are
> documenting the evolving consensus of the group. The chair can facilitate
> discussion between the participant and editor, issue informative calls for
> consensus, or engage in other discussions to see whether consensus can be
> reached or whether the editor can adjust their position.  Ultimately, the
> Chair has the authority to overrule the Editor and remove them if necessary.
> This all sounds good to me.  And this sounds like the normal, 99%+ way of
> operating.
> I also think we need a FO process.  There are times that the editor, WG
> participants, and chair all have similar perspectives.  In the
> multistakeholder web there needs to be the possibility for appeal beyond
> the groupthink.
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