(j3.2006) INCITS mischief

David Muxworthy d.muxworthy
Fri Jun 13 07:03:58 EDT 2008

On 9 Jun 2008, at 20:29, Bill Long wrote:

> We're not really "J3" anymore, so the j3 at j3-fortran.org mail list  
> is not
> the official one, but rather some public service by a group of civic
> minded folks that happens to include many of the tc22.3 members, along
> with others.  Sort of like the Fortran 90 mail list.  It would seem  
> they
> would not complain about that.  We can use the official email list for
> meeting notices and distributing the minutes, and the j3 mail list for
> discussion.

This is similar to the position in BSI.  The BSI secretariat suddenly
offered, without consultation, their brilliant new service of mailing
lists and websites and insisted that they be used.  They did not
appear to realise that the committees had been happily running their
own systems for 10-15 years.  We even got naive messages from the
secretariat saying things like how could members know when meetings
were being held if we didn't use their system.

By and large the official system has been ignored.  We have now
reached a compromise whereby agenda and minutes are posted on the
website and the mailing list is used for any messages which are
strictly for committee members only, but the well-established systems
continue to be the main communication mechanisms.

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