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Re: Forced Resignation

From: Daniel Appelquist <appelquist@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:58:34 +0200
Cc: www-archive <www-archive@w3.org>, Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>, Chris Wilson <cwilso@google.com>, Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>, Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org>, Alex Russell <slightlyoff@google.com>
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Hi Alex - 

For what it’s worth, I share your frustration and I agree (especially since we’ve seen this now happen twice in two years) that we need to take a look at changing this policy.

I think this policy is especially destructive when it prevents people who otherwise want to spend time and effort working here  and have been elected by the membership to do so, from doing that work. In that light, I, for one, appreciate your offer to continue to participate through your term. You’ll see no objections from me.


On 30 Jun 2014, at 14:50, Alex Russell <slightlyoff@google.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> As you may know, Google recently had the good sense and taste to hire fellow TAG member Dominic Denicola. W3C rules insist that, despite being individually elected as representatives of the membership, our employment situation is more important to the membership than our capacity to make meaningful contributions at the TAG. Therefore one of us must resign.
> As my term ends soonest, I will be stepping down from my position so that Dominic can continue the good work of helping to encourage extensibility in the web platform. I will, however, continue to attend meetings through the end of my elected term (Jan '15) in protest of what, frankly, is appallingly poor organizational design. Evidence of this piles up: last year we also lost productive TAG members to vagaries of employment interaction with W3C policy.
> If the AB's goal with this misbegotten policy were to prevent multiple individuals from a firm from influencing the TAG's decisions, I invite them to bar me from meetings post my removal. Were it not so, I invite them to change the policy.
> Regards

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