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Re: TAG member-only discussion of ISSUE-571

From: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:45:13 -0400
Message-ID: <4DFA4F39.7030801@arcanedomain.com>
To: "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
CC: Yves Lafon <ylafon@w3.org>
OK, so with foot firmly in mouth I notice that the permissions on [2] were 
never bumped to public when we put them out for review. I've asked the 
staff contact to do it ASAP.


On 6/16/2011 11:34 AM, Noah Mendelsohn wrote:
> I've become aware that some members of the community are concerned about
> the fact that the subject of today's TAG discussion on RDFa and microdata
> is a note [1] that is in our member-only email archives.
> The TAG does the vast majority of its work "in public" on this list, and
> the draft minutes of our most recent discussion of RDFa and microdata are
> indeed public at [2]. During that discussion, we asked Jeni Tennison to
> prepare a first draft of what >might< become formal positions of the TAG on
> this matter. We occasionally put even such first drafts in public, but
> there is a downside: they look and feel like considered positions of the
> TAG, and particularly on matters of great controversy, we wind up with
> people holding us to positions that aren't necessarily ours, and indeed
> that may not have been well researched. So, when the TAG is considering
> taking a formal public position, or opening an issue against someone else's
> specification, it's often appropriate to first let all TAG members look at
> the proposal, and to refine it to the point where it at least represents
> the input of the TAG to the public discussion.
> That's what's going on here. We have a teleconference for technical
> discussion of this today, and it's my hope that the TAG will have something
> suitable for public consideration (or else a decision not to take a
> position) soon. Either way, I expect we'll move the discussion to www-tag
> very shortly.
> A reminder about the tag@w3.org list: it's like the chairs@w3.org list. All
> W3C members can see these lists, but the purpose of them is for discussion
> among the TAG or chairs, etc. Things we put here may include positions we
> are not prepared to defend, technical analyses that have not been seen by
> more than one TAG member, scheduling discussion about future TAG meetings
> etc. The www-tag@w3.org list is, of course, fully public and we welcome
> contributions from everyone.
> Again: the TAG takes its commitment to work in public very seriously. When
> we do take initial steps among ourselves, it is typically to be sure that
> we know what we want our initial public position to be, as is the case
> here. Thank you.
> Noah
> [1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/tag/2011Jun/0021.html
> [2] http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/2011/06/08-minutes.html#item06
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