A decade ago, Web standards used to be created behind closed doors. Then they moved into the open, with public mailing list discussions and bug trackers. Then a growing number of specifications started moving to open source repositories (typically GitHub) where they can be tracked, modified, and in some cases even forked.
Yet contributing to standards remains hard. You have to find the specification (and get the right one amongst many different documents), find the group that is in charge of it, look through mailing list archives to see if your feedback has been sent before, post to a mailing list, etc.
This site aims to make starting and pursuing conversations about Web standards much easier. Signing up should be trivial, searching for a similar topic should just work, and if nothing is there you can just post. If there is no matching category, just post without and we’ll add it.
Basically, if you have anything to say about Web standards, be it a new feature or feedback on an existing one, just say it!
I may be missing it, but I can not find where on this site it explicitly states what the topics of focus should center around. Is this platform centered around the W3C HTML Working Group activities or is it more loosely based? This type of guidance, perhaps in the FAQ page, would empower newbs(or at least me) to contribute more logically.
So, I rather like the tool, but one inconvenient I see is that it creates yet another place where you have to track discussions and where discussions threads get forked (on top of mailing lists, github issues, other tracking systems, twitter, etc).
I think Discourse makes it really really easy for anyone to join the discussion, which is important. If you actually try to communicate through the older methods used by the actual working groups, it’s a lot more involved. It’d be awesome if this place became the goto hub for discussion of specifications and the web platform in general.
Okay, so this platform here exists now which is great! But… what I’m missing is a general movement or a suggestion on how to get the working groups being moved over here. For example, I’m fed up with the WebRTC community being split into:
and probably something else I’ve already forgotten.
I have worked in that area for over a year now and still encounter new forums where vital aspects of WebRTC are being discussed. This is toxic for ongoing discussions, raising your voice and following the specification progress since people need to gather months of experience just to subscribe to all relevant platforms.
Can we establish some form of guidance thread? Or perhaps its possible to get the associated umbrella organisations to kindly suggest working groups to move to this platform?