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From Nicola Ken Barozzi <>
Subject Re: Common naming accross policy/process/roles
Date Tue, 28 Oct 2003 10:10:12 GMT
Berin Lautenbach wrote:

> Nicola Ken Barozzi wrote:
> I've tried to draw a very clear distinction in all my e-mails that there 
> is one main document (that I've been calling normative, or the policy) 
> only.  Everything else (such as the process document or roles and 
> responibilities) is purely as an aid to end users.  Nothing more.

We agree, I know. I just want to tell you that when I read the pages, I 
didn't clearly understand this. My effort is in making this crystal clear.

>> Proposal:
>>  - add a HOWTO section
>>  - rename Process_Description to Incubation_HOWTO
>>  - make a HOWTO doc from each paragraph of ROLES_AND_RESPONSIBILITIES
>> Why an I so keen on "HOWTO"? Because HOWTOS are well known to be 
>> non-normative.
> I must admit, I'm not so keen on making everything a HOWTO - mainly 
> because that implies a certain kind of document.

I tend to see the docs as this (just to know we talk about the same 
how-to idea):

> If we want to make sure something is non-normative, it's very simple 
> (and appropriate) to put a rider paragraph in it stating that where it 
> conflicts with the policy, the policy over-rides.  That's a common 
> approach and gets over having to worry too much about what names we use.


> In particular, I like calling the process description a "Process 
> Description" because that is exactly what it is.


> However - I have absolutely no wish to drag this out.  Given (I think) 
> we have a general understanding that there is only one normative 
> document, for the rest, whatever the general agreement is in terms of 
> names, I'll run with it.

Let me play in CVS and see what I come up with. If it looks better, we 
can keep it, else revert and/or seek other ways.

> And as a final thought - I *hate* e-mail for these kinds of things. Give 
> me a face-to-face meeting or a teleconference anyday.

It seems to be going fine till now. In any case, if you want to 
teleconference, send me a private mail, we can see each other at least 
once :-)

Nicola Ken Barozzi         
             - verba volant, scripta manent -
    (discussions get forgotten, just code remains)

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