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RE: And the DTD says, "I'm NOT dead yet!!"
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <email@example.com>
- To: Rick Jelliffe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001 09:02:52 -0600
A person who accepts a position of public
responsibility accepts public accountability.
This does not restrict their freedom; it
means they accept a higher level of responsibility
for the effects of their public statements.
Reducing those who depend on and are circumscribed
by their guidance to unsophisticated minds as a means
to broaden the domain of such statements and reduce
the responsibility to critically evaluate them before
making them is to violate the trust placed in the
position and to therefore, dilute the credibility
of the current holder, perhaps, of the institution
itself. An academic mail address for non-academic
office holders makes no difference. I sympathize
with your problem in your university, but the office
holders of the W3C are not academics.
The W3C staff is accountable. It comes with the office.
Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h
From: Rick Jelliffe [mailto:email@example.com]
From: Bullard, Claude L (Len) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> The problem is authority and credibility. If
> the public statements of the authorities are
> at odds with the policy as expressed in the
> record of authority, credibility suffers.
This is where I disagree; W3C is a consortium, but
it is hosted at several famous universities, so academic
(well, quasi-academic) freedom should be extended to its staff.