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Re: Proposed Process Change

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 07:00:48 -0800
To: Bijan Parsia <bparsia@cs.man.ac.uk>
Message-Id: <DD4FD5A1-2011-4A7C-BD92-D11C4EE457E0@w3.org>
Cc: process-issues@w3.org, Karl Dubost <karl+w3c@la-grange.net>, www-archive@w3.org

On 25 Feb 2009, at 6:57 AM, Bijan Parsia wrote:

> Hello,
> I think it could improve both the perceived and actual transparency  
> and accountability of the W3C as a whole to have what I've  
> tentatively called an "Audit Board". An Audit Board would be charged  
> with investigating specific incidents and situations and producing a  
> report and making recommendations. A key aspect would be clearly  
> documenting facts to produce a common base of verifiable information  
> that people can make judgments on.
> I would hope that such a group would help mitigate some of the heat  
> that arises as people involved in a FAIL situation recount what  
> happened, esp. to make a new point. It would also provide a body of  
> knowledge that e.g., chairs could draw on when coping with issues  
> that arise in WGs.
> There is a concern that such a group could either be a witch  
> hunter's club, or be systematically unfair to certain people or  
> positions. I can't really say anything against those concerns. No  
> rule can rule out bad acting.
> Even if not a board, some sort of report repository wherein things  
> like Formal Objections can be gathered and analyzed would be, imho,  
> helpful. At the moment there is a sea of data at the W3C about its  
> history, but you have to do difficult and dedicated research to  
> ferret it out. Some of it is hidden from the public and some of it  
> is hidden from the members, which makes things even trickier.

Hi Bijan,

I will forward your suggestion to the Advisory Board.

  _ Ian

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Received on Wednesday, 25 February 2009 15:00:59 UTC

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