General comments and discussion should be sent to the public discussion list scheme-reports at scheme-reports.org. The WG has and will continue to monitor this list, responding and issuing tickets for actionable items.
Interested parties are encouraged to use the informal comment process as much as possible, as the formal process outlined below puts additional work on the already overburdened editors. Only if the results of the informal process are not satisfactory should a formal comment be filed.
Formal comments should also be sent to the same public discussion list, scheme-reports at scheme-reports.org, to encourage timely feedback from other members of the community.
To distinguish the post as a formal comment, simply say so in the post itself, e.g. by writing "Formal Comment" at the top of the body. Formal comments are also subject to the requirements listed below. The effect of making the comment formal is to specifically request that a ticket be issued, and the commenter cc'ed and notified of its progress and resolution. A complete list of formal comments and responses will be provided when the final draft is submitted for ratification.
A formal comment is valid and will be approved only if:
The following categorization information should also be provided if at all possible:
Posters should also include, where appropriate:
If an editor chooses to reject a formal comment, other than obvious spam, the editor will email the submitter with an explanation of the problem, at which point the submitter may correct the problem and resubmit.
Formal comments will be recorded in the TRAC ticket system under the milestone "Public Review", with the original reporter cc'ed. The WG member recording the ticket should choose appropriate categorization information if not specified or if plainly incorrect. In addition, if the comment calls for editorial or substantive changes, ordinary ballot tickets should be be filed for these (except that an editorial change that seems obviously correct may be made directly to the draft report, subject to normal internal review).
All formal comments will receive a formal response (marked as such) from the editors before the R7RS small language is finalized. The formal response will describe the action taken and the rationale for that action. Individual editors are encouraged to reply informally, but such notes are not to be taken as formal responses.
If in the view of the WG no action should be taken in response to the comment, it will receive a default formal response such as "The WG has reviewed the comment and decided to take no action on it."