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   Re: [xml-dev] W3C Culture and Aims (Was: What does SOAP really add?)

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At 06:00 AM 4/22/2002 -0400, John Cowan wrote:
>AndrewWatt2000@aol.com scripsit:
> > The W3C's TAG is a positive innovation, with publicly accessible 
> discussion.
> > If that is possible for TAG-related issues why isn't it possible for 
> other WG
> > discussions? .... Of course, I suspect that it is "possible". It's simply
> > that it isn't wanted.
>On the [censored] W3C-internal mailing list, to which I belong, the
>question of open access was brought up -- and shot down on the
>to-me unbelievably feeble ground that certain members were afraid of
>spam if their addresses were openly published!

Spam is a huge problem on the public lists, and one they haven't been very 
successful at dealing with.

However, the larger argument against open access or open read-access is 
about getting work done. With member-restricted access to mailing lists WG 
participants are free to argue at length (and sometimes vociferously), and 
then gain consensus that will be published for the public. While there may 
be a prurient interest in knowing how Company X argued vs. Company Y, 
having those discussions open for public view will undoubtedly curtail such 
discussions, or drive them into private circulation, where the archival 
value is lost.


Ann Navarro, WebGeek Inc.
What's on my mind? http://www.snorf.net/blog/	


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