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Re: Some Community Groups Issues

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:29:42 -0500
Cc: site-comments@w3.org
Message-Id: <FFF5F3FC-37ED-415F-BA9D-0B2038E001B8@w3.org>
To: David Sheets <sheets@alum.mit.edu>

On Sep 15, 2014, at 11:03 AM, Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org> wrote:
>> Finally, I recently was updating my profile and added an affiliation.
>> When I added the affiliation, I did not realize that it would remove
>> my group memberships or have any legal effect because the interface to
>> enact that change did not mention these side effects. I've since
>> reverted my affiliation because it is not an IP-relevant fact and I am
>> not an official representative of my university in any capacity. I'd
>> like to recommend that the side effects of affiliation change be made
>> clear in the user interface for changing that data.
> Good idea; will do. Thanks again!

Hi David,

I checked the form for changing one's affiliation and it says:

 "Changing <name> affiliation would terminate by default his/her participation in the following groups, until (s)he re-applies or gets nominated under the new affiliation."

We are certainly trying to provide the sort of warning that you are looking for. I have no problem changing the text to make it clearer. Would this be an improvement?

 "Account affiliation plays an important role within W3C because of the patent policies that govern participation. When you change your affiliation, you will be removed from the following groups. Continued participation after a change depends on the nature of your new affiliation. For example, if you work for a Member organization, your Advisory Committee Representative will need to nominate you."

Any other suggestions?


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