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Re: Decision Policy [was: Intended Audience]

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Sun, 01 Feb 2009 03:30:03 +0100
Message-ID: <4985092B.7040006@lachy.id.au>
To: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, Leif Halvard Silli <lhs@malform.no>
Cc: www-archive <www-archive@w3.org>

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Sam Ruby wrote:
> The third word is "strawman".  It involves raising and addressing an 
> issue that bears only a superficial resemblance to the topic being 
> discussed.

That is not the definition of a strawman.  A strawman is an argument 
where one person misrepresents another's position so as to be easily 
refuted.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straw_man

Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
> Maciej Stachowiak 2009-01-31 22.55:
>> I don't think your description is in conflict with what I stated. 
>> The one part I disagree with is that any raised issue that at least three 
>> people agree is an issue must be flagged in Working Drafts. I do think 
>> it is often a good idea to mark especially controversial issues, or 
>> especially pervasive and clearly unresolved issues, but I think doing 
>> this as a matter of course may create a lot of work. I would say instead 
>> that we should exercise reasonable judgment about when a flag in the 
>> draft is warranted.
> 
> Stating his disagreement. (Conditionally permitted by Sam.)
> 
>> P.S. I know you asked people not to state their agreement on the 
>> list. But since your email was a reply to me, but since your email was a 
>> reply to me and since I think it is helpful to the group to see people 
>> coming to agreement, I chose to make an exception.
> 
> Claiming to have stated his agreement.
> 
> Sam:
>> Keep a watch out for these three, and call them out when you see 
>> them.
> 
> I see a "strawman".

Sorry, that's not a strawman either.  Maciej was just pointing that the 
he largely agreed with what Sam wrote, except for one small part.

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Lachlan Hunt - Opera Software
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