[OpenID board] Smoothing the OpenID Process

Nat Sakimura sakimura at gmail.com
Tue Jan 20 02:39:18 UTC 2009

Thanks for your response.

I like your idea and I was always assuming it to be like that (wrt the
"Draft") but
some people apparently see it as inadequate and that was one of the reason
for the blockage. Starting off as just being "Resolution WG" etc. instead of

"OpenID Resolution 1.0" seemed to be a necessary and reasonable
concession to me at the time of creating the motion.

It still is in a discussion period, so if anyone got an opinion around this,

please speak up.

Wrt the version control, I fully agree. I do not think sorting out
http://openid.net/specs/ folder needs any Process document amendment so we
can proceed fairly quicly.


On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 11:25 AM, Martin Atkins <mart at degeneration.co.uk>wrote:

> Nat Sakimura wrote:
>> /*BE IT RESOLVED that the members of OpenID Foundation board have agreed
>> to amend the OpenID process document to clarify that no draft may claim
>> OpenID trademark until it is ratified to be an implementor's draft status or
>> full specification status. */
> This is troublesome because generally OpenID specifications are named
> simply "OpenID <What It Does>" (see: OpenID Simple Registration Extension,
> OpenID Attribute Exchange).
> Having to invent another name to use while drafting the specification seems
> like a needless waste of effort.
> Can it not simply be required that the drafts display prominent boilerplate
> text explaining that the specification is only a draft? It'd also be good to
> get a policy in place for the expiry of unapproved drafts so that they go
> away after a period of time. For example, I would argue that we don't need
> eight historical draft versions of OpenID 2.0 on http://openid.net/specs/; having it under version control and tagging the published drafts ought to
> be sufficient.
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