It’s getting ugly at the group that is trying to define a Do Not Track standard.
You know things have taken a sharp turn for the worse when a representative of the W3C (the international web standards-setting group) has to jump in and remind participants about the possibility of “disciplinary actions if they don’t maintain a “professional work environment”
Colleagues, as I mentioned on last week’s call, we had a number of complaints about behavior among participants within the group. W3C staff had one-on-one conversations with each of the people involved in these complaints, going through the specific behaviors that had been the subject of the complaints.
It appears that we have been able to resolve this round without having to invoke tougher consequences — and despite requests to remove certain individuals [yes, that's plural] from the group.
For the record, I noticed that the group had crossed into crazy territory a month ago, and things have gotten profoundly worse since then. Probably the low point was when one member described a proposal from another member as calling for “a colonoscopy.”
I think this entire effort is doomed.