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Re: New resource: Normative References to W3C Standards

From: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:06:32 -0400
Message-ID: <51716B88.80701@arcanedomain.com>
To: Daniel Glazman <daniel.glazman@disruptive-innovations.com>
CC: Marcos Caceres <w3c@marcosc.com>, www-tag@w3.org, Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>, "Henry S. Thompson" <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>, "Ian B. Jacobs" <ij@w3.org>, Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>

On 4/19/2013 6:18 AM, Daniel Glazman wrote:
>> Please don't argue from authority again and I won't mock you.
> Urgh. Can please the TAG Chair say this kind of things should not
> happen in this list again? Thanks.

It would indeed be helpful if everyone tried a little harder to be both 
polite and respectful in this discussion.

Obviously, any given commentator (including me, of course) may well be 
truly "wrong" in something they advocate, but in addition to all the 
obvious reasons for trying to keep the discussion polite and constructive, 
this needs to be a list in which we welcome the perspectives of people who 
really do have differing experiences and needs. I think we do better when 
someone claims to have a controversial need that we discuss respectfully in 
the spirit of "Really? I'm surprised and I need to understand" as opposed 
to "I know better -- trust me, you're nuts." Experience with the TAG has 
been that we do best when we're willing to be surprised and learn from the 
perspectives of others who work in a variety of environments and who may 
have differing needs.

I am not directing this comment to anyone in particular. I think there's 
some blame to go around for the argumentative tone of this discussion, but 
if we could all focus on a bit more mutual respect that would be helpful.

Thank you.

Received on Friday, 19 April 2013 16:07:01 UTC

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