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mc@xegesis.org (Mike Champion) writes:
>>> 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?

There's a huge space between "hyperactively managed" and "no one at the
switch".  I think this past week - and the past few years worth of
problems - illustrate that a complete disconnect has real costs. 

I'm not calling for a dictatorship of the proletariat, just saying that
there needs to be better ongoing communication between the list and
whoever is running the infrastructure.  That seems to be a running theme
of recent messages, including those from the people currently running
the infrastructure.

Simon St.Laurent
Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets
Errors, errors, all fall down!
http://simonstl.com -- http://monasticxml.org


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