Spencer Dawkins wrote:
- what we tell the WG chairs is that ADs have the power to make a decision
for the working group, in order to break a deadlock. Jeff Schiller (one of
the ADs who did the WG chair training for several years) was very clear
that an AD can say, "if you guys don't make a decision by date X, I'll make
a decision for you". If this is not part of the community understanding,
someone should be telling the WG chairs and ADs what the community
This is not how I understood it. The ADs can appoint new WG Chairs if
they're unhappy with the old Chairs, they're not forced to accept one of
the Chairs as document shepherd, and there is (or was) a potential dead
loop where the reaponsible AD can say "forever" that (s)he doesn't like
a WG draft because they're unfortunately forced to vote YES otherwise.
But all that doesn't cover "ADs speaking _directly_ for a WG" wrt WG
drafts, this would remove the first step in the appeal procedure for WGs.
Please correct me if I got it wrong. Likely the rules for liaisons are
a bit more convoluted, and the rules for WG termination are in RFC 2418
no matter what ION 3710 says.
- We have been encouraging greater separation of roles (an extreme case
of non-separated roles is a document editor who is also the working group
chair, the document shepherd, and the responsible AD for the working group).
We've been saying that having ADs chair WGs in their own area is not a good
thing. We've been saying that having WG chairs edit major documents in their
own area is not a good thing. We may want to provide guidance that having
ADs chair WG meetings in their own area, especially where there is no other
person acting as chair, is not a good thing, and that the ADs really need
to find someone else who is willing to chair the meeting, and who is not
involved as the next step on the appeals ladder.
Yes. OTOH if an important author of drafts in a WG volunteers to be an
AD and gets the job it's ugly if that would force them to give up their
I-Ds. All areas (excl. "gen") have two ADs, that offers some leaway.
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