[whatwg] WHATWG on Google+

Boris Zbarsky bzbarsky at MIT.EDU
Mon Nov 21 07:16:22 PST 2011

On 11/21/11 9:22 AM, Jake Verbaten wrote:
> As long as G+ is only an optional addition for people who want to use it,
> does it really do harm?

As long as all technical discussion ends up in a central place where 
everyone can see it at some point, no harm done.

My experience is that once you have side channels for technical 
discussion, that doesn't happen anymore.  Plenty of stuff gets discussed 
on irc and makes it into the spec without any mention on this mailing 
list, for example.

The net result is that it becomes easy for small echo-chamber groups to 
push through changes to the spec that are bad (whether on purpose or 
not) that everyone else is supposed to notice "somehow" and go about fixing.


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