[Members] draft charter for Editorial Team
dave at cridland.net
Wed Jan 15 16:27:30 UTC 2014
On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 4:21 PM, Peter Saint-Andre <stpeter at stpeter.im>wrote:
> On 1/15/14 3:20 AM, Dave Cridland wrote:
> > On 14 Jan 2014 23:30, "Peter Saint-Andre" <stpeter at stpeter.im
> > <mailto:stpeter at stpeter.im>> wrote:
> >> Feedback is requested.
> >> ###
> >> Editorial Team
> >> Since 2001, the XMPP Extensions Editor has managed numerous details
> >> of the XSF's Standards Process (see  and ) and has also
> >> functioned as the responsible party for the XMPP Registrar (see 
> >> and ). In order to improve the management of these processes,
> >> this charter defines an XSF Work Team with the following goals:
> > I don't think it's in order to improve the management. For that matter,
> > it's not clear that the charter is the right place to give reasons for
> > the initial team formation.
> >> 1. Refine and continually improve team work processes for management of
> >> the XEP Editor and XMPP Registrar functions, consistent with XEP-0001
> >> and XEP-0053.
> > I'd like some indication that XEP-0001 and XEP-0053 are not set in
> > stone, and improvements to them can also be made.
> Naturally, neither XEP-0001 nor XEP-0053 is set in stone, because no XEP
> is. However, in my opinion it's not the remit of the Editorial Team to
> define policies, but to implement them.
I agree it's not their job to define policy, but I'd imagine that they'd be
well-placed to provide reasonable suggestions for improvement. But perhaps
this doesn't belong in a charter.
> >> 2. Put those processes into practice by efficiently dispatching the
> >> responsibilities of the XEP Editor and XMPP Registrar functions.
> >> Collectively, the members of the work team are expected to have
> >> familiarity with the use of source control systems, the XML formats
> >> used for both XEPs and XSF registries, basic build and release
> >> processes, and mailing list administration. Members of the team are
> >> also expected to work with appropriate attention to detail and
> >> awareness of information security, to coordinate amongst themselves
> >> regarding the rapid and transparent handling of their tasks, and to
> >> treat XEP authors and information registrants with honesty and respect.
> > What does "an awareness of information security" mean in this context?
> For example, team members might administer the standards at xmpp.org list,
> decide to require signed source control check-ins, have permissions to
> update the XSF website, etc. Proper protection of passwords, keys, and
> the like would be a good thing.
OK, that seems reasonable.
> >> Members of the work team shall be selected by the XMPP Council after a
> >> call for volunteers from among the XSF membership, and shall be approved
> >> by the XSF Board of Directors.
> >>  XEP-0001: XMPP Extension Protocols
> >> <http://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0001.html>
> >>  XEP-README: XEP Editor README
> >> <http://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-README.html>
> > Just a thought; when this was a todo list for you, it didn't really
> > matter what formal status it had. Now that it's becoming closer to a
> > protocol for XEP Editors to follow, is it worthwhile moving at least
> > some of some of it to a XEP?
> Probably, yes.
> Peter Saint-Andre
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