As planned a few months ago, we have successfully merged the Web
Application Formats and WebAPI WGs into a single powerful new group, the
Web Application Working Group (WebApps WG to its friends). We made
front page news at W3C:
> Hi, WebApps Fans-
> As a follow-on to my previous invitation, I just wanted to give a
> tip about what I see as the easiest way to do this transition.
> Step 1: Join public-webapps ( http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-webapps/ > ); you need to do this explicitly even if you're a members of the
> WebApps WG;
> Step 2: When replying to an email thread on either public-webapi or
> public-appformats, add public-webapps to the recipients list;
> Step 3: When replying to an email thread on public-webapps, remove
> public-webapi or public-appformats from the recipients list, if they
> are on there.
> This way, we can have a fairly smooth transfer, though for some
> older issues, you may have to refer to some emails on one of the
> older lists.
> -Doug Schepers
> W3C Team Contact, WebApps, SVG, and CDF
Maciej Stachowiak wrote (on 6/10/08 12:18 PM):
> Would it be possible to just automatically subscribe members of both old
> lists to the new list, to smooth the transition?
Yes, it is possible.
I had thought of doing that, and got as far as concatenating a list of
all subscribers to all lists and diffing that with the current
subscribers to public-webapps... there's about 266 people subscribed to
public-webapi and public-appformats that aren't yet on public-webapps.
It would be easy enough for me to add them manually, with a notification
email sent to all new subscribers.
1) some people may object to being autosubscribed
2) I don't know if there are IPP implications
I will check with our legal/comm people on the IPP issue tomorrow.
As for being subscribed to a list without being asked... I don't know.
On the one hand, these people are presumably already interested in the
topics because they subscribed to at least one of the lists (and there
was a lot of overlap), and they can easily unsubscribe... but on the
other, well, people are weird. What does everyone else think?
Like I said, I'm happy to do it if it's seen as a reasonable thing to
do. It would take me less time than it did to write this email, for
W3C Team Contact, WebApps, SVG, and CDF