Subject: RE: [soa-rm] thoughts on public review
I figure I might as well jump in before being formally asked. ;-)
Know that the OASIS Board of Directors is extremely concerned about protecting the work of our technical committees and ensuring that IP is not contaminated in any way by external contributions. Is it the subscribing to the comment list that you view as onerous, or the having to agree to the terms and conditions? We previously had a comment form, but the spammers figured out how to attack it and many comment lists were inundated with nothing but junk. The comment form presented the terms and conditions along with language that by submitting the comment you were agreeing to the terms. Of course someone could have used a fake email address/name, so this really wasn’t much of a guarantee. So we switched to the email list, which by requiring subscription solves two problems: at least you know the email address is real since they must acknowledge the subscription, and that acknowledgement also contains the terms and conditions and their acceptance.
We (OASIS staff) would like to (and will hopefully) implement another comment mechanism, but must still ensure that the contributor agrees to the IPR terms of the TC. As we begin to migrate some functionality away from Kavi (the OASIS Library and/or TC Public Pages will be the first changes you will start to see as 2008 draws to a close, we will take another look at how comments are/can be submitted.
With regard to TC members, they should post their comments directly to the TC list; there is no need for them to agree to the IPR terms as this was already a condition of participation in the TC itself.