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Open Web Foundation

Eran Hammer-Lahav: This morning at OSCON, David Recordon announced the creation of the Open Web Foundation. The Open Web Foundation is an attempt to create a home for community-driven specifications. Following the open source model similar to the Apache Software Foundation, the foundation is aimed at building a lightweight framework to help communities deal with the legal requirements necessary to create successful and widely adopted specification.

Having been involved with the ASF for some time, I’m concerned that a number of “reflexes” are initially out of alignment with this group.

Examples: Joining this group requires approval. and We shouldn’t start with an open specification for a DSL modem authentication protocol as I doubt we have the domain expertise to do a good job.

Key question: who is “we"?  Oversimplifying what the Apache Incubator does, it makes sure that a "podling” has a diverse and sustainable set of contributors, who are committed to do their development openly and collaboratively, and have the rights and desire to license all the necessary IPR under the terms specified by the Apache Software Foundation.

Verifying that such a group exists and meets these criteria does not generally require domain expertise.

If this group evolves to the point where it finds the right balance of enabling and getting out of the way, this foundation could be a very handy thing to have around.


Some Thoughts on the Open Web Foundation

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Sam Ruby: Open Web Foundation

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Ben Laurie describes: I’m very pleased that we’ve launched the Open Web Foundation today. As Scott Kveton says The OWF is an organization modeled after the Apache Software Foundation; we wanted to use a model that has been working and...

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Hi Sam. Just wanted to clarify your point about the list requiring moderation. I wrote to the list about this policy here:

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I’ve found that doing this kind of moderating helps to keep lists productive, and to make connections between members where possible. Quite honestly if you just give me a silly sentence proving that you read the prompt ("I care about the open web!") I’ll let you in. It’s folks who forget or don’t fill in the form that I push back... the archives are open, and I’d prefer that members who join really want to pay attention. I don’t prevent anyone from joining based on the content of their join message unless they’re unnecessarily aggressive ("Why the EFF should I have to tell you why I want to join!?"). Usually those cases suggest a negative orientation, and probably the cause of more trouble than they’re worth.

Anyway, that’s the deal with moderation. Also, I’m not the only person doing the moderating — all the owner contribute:

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