ISSUE-151: How to resign from a working group

Resigning from a WG

How to resign from a working group

State:
CLOSED
Product:
Process Document
Raised by:
Charles McCathie Nevile
Opened on:
2015-01-11
Description:
The current Process says
[[[
3.6 Resignation from a Group

A W3C Member or Invited Expert MAY resign from a group. The Team will establish administrative procedures for resignation. See section 4.2. of the W3C Patent Policy [PUB33] for information about obligations remaining after resignation from certain groups.
]]]
After a decade and a bit, we could probably do better than that. In practice people *have* resigned from Working Groups. Do we need a formal definition?

It would mostly be relevant because the Patent Policy allows 60 days from the date of resignation to exclude material added between the FPWD+60 and the most recent Public Working draft - without a clear way of finding the date we could see problems identifying the last Public Working Draft, and the expiry of the 60 days.

Proposed:

"On written notification from an AC rep or invited expert, or equivalent action to formally leave the WG (e.g. through an automated join/leave system), the member's representatives will be deemed to have resigned from the relevant Group, effective immediately".

The edge case I see is a group agreeing to a Public Working Draft, and before it is *published* a member resigns in order to avoid having a disclosure obligation relative to material in that draft.

One possible mitigation would be to require that the resignation is announced publicly, but I believe this is not what people have generally preferred to do in the past.
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  3. Agenda Process Document Task Force 3 March 2015 (from szilles@adobe.com on 2015-03-02)
  4. Re: Agenda Process Document Task Force 24 February 2015 (from singer@apple.com on 2015-02-24)
  5. Agenda Process Document Task Force 24 February 2015 (from szilles@adobe.com on 2015-02-24)
  6. Agenda Process Document Task Force 24 February 2015 (from szilles@adobe.com on 2015-02-24)
  7. List of Process Document Issue Not Currently Covered in the Process 2015 Draft being reviewed (from szilles@adobe.com on 2015-02-08)
  8. Agenda Process Document Task Force 27 January 2015 (from szilles@adobe.com on 2015-01-26)
  9. Re: Agenda Process Document Task Force 20 January 2015a (from singer@apple.com on 2015-01-19)
  10. Agenda Process Document Task Force 20 January 2015a (from szilles@adobe.com on 2015-01-19)
  11. Re: w3process-ISSUE-151 (Resigning from a WG): How to resign from a working group [Process Document] (from chaals@yandex-team.ru on 2015-01-13)
  12. Re: Agenda Process Document Task Force 13 January 2015a (from chaals@yandex-team.ru on 2015-01-13)
  13. Re: w3process-ISSUE-151 (Resigning from a WG): How to resign from a working group [Process Document] (from wayne.carr@linux.intel.com on 2015-01-12)
  14. w3process-ISSUE-151 (Resigning from a WG): How to resign from a working group [Process Document] (from sysbot+tracker@w3.org on 2015-01-11)

Related notes:

added following resolution of the Task Force on 2015-02-24

Charles McCathie Nevile, 25 Feb 2015, 09:29:17

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