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   RE: [xml-dev] FW: Tim Bray "Let's Move XML-DEV"

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Would it be acceptable if a few xml-dev or OASIS people volunteered to help
resolve some of the technical issues or provide a little help with list
administration? Frankly, I think it would be a better solution than "wars
and rumours of wars."


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Karl Best [mailto:karl.best@oasis-open.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2003 12:52 PM
> To: Simon St.Laurent
> Cc: xml-dev@lists.xml.org; tbray@textuality.com
> Subject: Re: [xml-dev] FW: Tim Bray "Let's Move XML-DEV"
> Read it charitably or not, but our first reponsibility is to our
> dues-paying members. OASIS' purpose in life is to develop and promote
> our standards. We've supported the xml-dev list because we think that
> it's an important industry resource, but we must necessarily give it
> less attention and resource than other things that are primary to our
> mission. If this level of attention and resource isn't sufficient for
> what all of you are expecting then it may be a good idea for you to see
> who else may be able to give it high priority. I'm not chasing you away,
> just letting you know that we can't provide the world for you.
> -Karl
> Simon St.Laurent wrote:
> > karl.best@oasis-open.org (Karl Best) writes:
> >
> >>OASIS has been hosting this list for the past three years as a
> >>benefit to the industry, but has derived no revenue to compensate for
> >>the expense of running the list.
> >>...
> >>So while we all recognize that the xml-dev list is a valuable industry
> >>resource I think that you're expecting a bit much when you demand that
> >>we monitor the list closely (since you won't tell us about problems)
> >>and drop everything else we're doing to fix things. Yes, xml-dev is a
> >>low priority for us -- but what else could you reasonably expect?
> >>
> >>...(And please
> >>note that OASIS is also a business, and we've been sponsoring the list
> >>for three years without any return. Would any of your companies be
> >>willing to do this?)
> >
> >
> > Reading this as charitably as I can muster, it seems that OASIS has no
> > interest in supporting a key forum for the XML community, despite the
> > fact that their entire business model is largely built on the work of
> > that community over time.
> >
> > Perhaps it is in fact time to find a new home.
> >
> --
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