confidentiality in W3C WGs

John Cowan cowan at
Fri Sep 10 21:17:30 BST 1999

Lisa Rein scripsit:

> In a public forum, we'd really NEVER know for sure whether an individual
> was just acting on his or her own behalf, or who's larger agenda was
> being followed, when they launch a debate for the umpteenth time over a
> now-historical issue of record.  (Hey, while we're going back in time,
> how 'bout we take a bullet for Kennedy and convince NASA to take an
> extra round of X-rays on the Challenger's O-rings while we're at it!) 
> -- And all this just because they "can", because this is a public
> mailing list.

While some IETF working groups have blown up in this way, many of them
have come to very satisfactory conclusions using a totally public
process: anyone can show up, that means you too.  So your conclusions
are, er, overblown.

John Cowan                                   cowan at
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