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   Virtues of benign neglect (was Re: [xml-dev] Re: XML-dev futuresdiscussi

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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 


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