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>> My thinking is the main reason that things have gone awry
>> with OASIS is there is not a direct connection between the list
>> membership and OASIS.
> I agree with that completely, and I think that explains the problems
> this list has had here.
Hmm ... be careful what you wish for. The fact that OASIS as an
organization doesn't really care about xml-dev means that they don't care
what transpires on xml-dev. There's no pressure for moderation, or
centralized definitions of what constitutes "spam" or "acceptable use,"
nothing other than the list's culture to define what is "politically
correct." Do we really want to spend time worrying about who will have the
power that comes with responsibility for list administration in a world
where the people involved DO care about what goes on?
Hypothetically, if the list becomes managed by volunteers, what happens
when they burn out, or get disgusted by the haiku, limericks, permathreads,
etc. and flee, or whatever? Instead of a private email to Karl Best when
problems occur, it will become an Issue that we all have to see in our
I'm not sure ... I agree that there are problems that can probably be
explained by the fact that xml-dev is not mission critical for OASIS, and
that these need to be fixed, but let's make very sure that we don't
introduce a bunch of new "bugs" when fixing the list administration