[Standards] Proposed XMPP Extension: Styling

Sam Whited sam at samwhited.com
Wed Nov 15 15:15:10 UTC 2017


Hi all,

There seems to have been some heated discussion last night and I'd like
to address a few things where there seems to be some confusion:

The act of accepting an XEP does not instantly make it the one-true-way
to do things. Experimental XEPs are exactly that, experimental. They
might catch on, be expanded, and eventually become XSF recommendations,
or they might not. ProtoXEPs are not accepted as XEPs because someone on
the council wants them to be, in fact a number of protoxeps have been
accepted that I or others think are actually pretty bad. They're
accepted because they are worth exploring or and most ideas, even if we
don't especially like them, aren't worthy of being rejected out of hand
(there are of course exceptions to every rule, but if there's generally
disagreement about a topic that's probably a sign that it's not an
exception and we should see the discussion through to the end). Most of
the discussion happening here is the sort of discussion that should
happen *after* a proposal has already become an XEP.

Also, please refrain from ad hominem attacks against other people, or
the council. It is not helpful.

—Sam


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