Re: Next steps and note to mailing list about Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

Harry, I know you know this, but does everyone realize that the Netiquette
document linked within as part of the document Procedures, is from 1995?

In light of some of the remarks I've made to the list, and my criticisms of
web wallets and the information collection that can result from them, and
comparisons I've made to today's information 'management' to the
information collection and group labeling conducted by Nazi Germany in
WWII, I may as well continue in this vein, risking what may be viewed as
further unproductive remarks... to say that a Netiquette document made in
1995 that is being used in 2015 (twenty years later) is itself worthy of
questioning and review by any participants who may use it or be subjected
to it, for example.

Of course, civility is well and good and should be welcomed in any
conversation, but censorship in any form (and indeed much of society is
already there) should surely not be.  This very subject is also being
debated on a completely different forum
for those interested in it.

On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 3:28 PM, Harry Halpin <> wrote:

> I'd like to remind everyone that while we at W3C are not responding in
> detail to every email, we are carefully watching the conversation evolve
> and eagerly looking forward to technical proposals that can build
> consensus. We know discussions can be fraught with disagreement and  can
> be difficult, but we believe the use-cases that motivate improved
> authentication, cryptography, and the use of hardware tokens on the Web
> are crucial to the future of the Open Web.
> However, several times on this mailing list we've had behavior, both
> onlist and even off-list, that some are viewing as not particularly
> constructive. In response to these complaints, we'd like to draw the
> attention of everyone to the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct:
> We understand that e-mails are often sent in haste and emotions can run
> high, but we must remember to treat each other with respect,
> professionalism, fairness, and sensitivity to our many differences and
> strengths. While we have perhaps been lax in this, from now on we will
> enforce our Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct:  patterns of
> behavior that systematically violate the code of conduct will be
> referred to an ombudsman for determination of next steps, and a personal
> note will be sent beforehand. However, we believe that we can overcome
> our differences and reach consensus on the next steps for securing the Web.
>    yours,
>          harry

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