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W3C has a new process, should we adopt it?

From: Stefan Håkansson LK <stefan.lk.hakansson@ericsson.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 15:56:10 +0000
To: "public-webrtc@w3.org" <public-webrtc@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1447FA0C20ED5147A1AA0EF02890A64B1D0EE2E9@ESESSMB209.ericsson.se>
Hi,

the W3C adopted a new process during the summer [1], it came into effect
on August 5. It is optional for groups to adopt until August 2016.

There is an extensive FAQ on the transition to the new process available
[2].

The main change is that it removes Last Call: groups are expected to get 
wide reviews before going into Candidate Recommendation, and CR is
the "final" review signal; in particular, contrarily to the current
process, if you make substantive changes during CR, you don't have to go
back to Last Call, you "just" republish an updated CR (while still
making sure the relevant parties review the said changes)

There is some early guidance on how you get "wide reviews" without a
Last Call signal in [3]. Essentially, the group asks the relevant
parties for reviews when the relevant section stabilizes.

Given the maturity of our documents, and the date of our first
charter, we can choose to use either the old or the new process for any
of our docs (at least until Aug 2016); the fact that we may be
rechartering later this year doesn't affect this.

The decision to use one or the other process is a decision for the group
to make.

We think the new process is an improvement; its main drawback is
that W3C as a community has less experience with it (obviously).

We propose that we switch to the new process for all documents.

What do you all think, is this reasonable?

Harald and Stefan

[1] http://www.w3.org/2014/Process-20140801/
[2] https://www.w3.org/wiki/ProcessTransition2014
[3] https://www.w3.org/wiki/DocumentReview
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