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TAG election reform

From: Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2012 17:15:52 +0200
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Cc: Coralie Mercier <coralie@w3.org>
To: "www-tag@w3.org List" <www-tag@w3.org>
Dear all,

a little while back I sent an email (to the Member-only TAG list as I wanted to get the temperature first) with some notes based on feedback I received during the last election[0]. It received no objection, and at least some parts saw some support[1], but no action was derived from it. I completely forgot to bring it up when we met with Coralie for lunch at the F2F, and it is only in chatting with Jeni after the meeting that it came back to me.

Given that the AB is currently looking at modifying the Process, and that there's an AC meeting next month which some of the TAG will be attending, I think that if there is agreement in the group for some change we should convey these ideas to the AB quickly.

Rather than a sweeping change which I don't believe is needed here, I think that a few small improvements aimed mostly at increasing a broader community engagement (both from the AC and beyond) are all that is needed. The proposals I make below are therefore simple evolutions, and are further tailored towards requiring minimal infrastructural change (so that they can be implemented pretty much right away).

The three suggested changes are:

    • Make the list of candidates public so that they can be publicly discussed (this not being the case prevents some communities from following their normal decision process, e.g. Mozilla). This should be trivial to implement (a simple W3C news items would be enough). I don't think that this requires a change to the Process, it's probably just a W3M decision to make.

    • Use preferential voting so as to produce a fairer, better-informed vote (the current system encourages voting for only one candidate if you strongly favour her). In order to avoid an endless debate as to which voting system is best, I suggest simply using the preferential voting system that WBS already supports. Implementation-wise, I believe that this is a simple matter of picking a different WBS question type. This probably requires a small change to Process since it describes the vote. That said, if there's a way to weasel it past without changing the Process I for one won't complain :)

    • Open a public-tag-elections mailing list on which anyone in the community can ask candidates to state their position on specific topics, and where candidates are invited to post a description of the work that they plan on doing if elected to the TAG. Again, where implementation is concerned a list is lightweight. I don't think we need to place any requirements on candidates to participate there (it's up to whether they actually want to win…) so that no Process change ought to be required.

Unless this proves to be massively contentious, I would like to request that this be put on the agenda for a call very soon (this week or next). If we have consensus, I am happy to shepherd this to the AB and if needed to discuss it at the AC meeting.

Community input on this is very welcome!

(Links below Member-only, sorry.)
[0] http://www.w3.org/mid/2B18A25C-F0DD-4C54-BE4C-F2670ED5DE2F@berjon.com
[1] Henry: http://www.w3.org/mid/f5b7h00mazd.fsf@calexico.inf.ed.ac.uk
    Tim:   http://www.w3.org/mid/410DC944-1C99-489F-AE61-485110D1AB58@w3.org

Robin Berjon - http://berjon.com/ - @robinberjon
Received on Tuesday, 17 April 2012 06:57:06 UTC

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