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Source for wiki WorkingGroupOneProcess version 4
This is a rough outline of the process for
Working Group 1, leading up to the first
public draft milestone:
* Introductions and initial position statements (1 month)
* Fact-Finding and Issue Cataloging (1 month)
* Make Proposals, independently or in groups
* Debate Proposals via email and the wiki
* Update Proposals based on feedback
* Preferential Voting
* Draft the winning proposals and submit for public review
For voting we will use a preferential voting mechanism,
so that any number of proposals can be made without detracting
from each other or forcing an all-or-nothing situation.
The exact method remains to be decided, but will likely be
either ranked pairs or Schultz. In addition,
at least a minimum percentage, yet to be decided but likely in the
75-90% range, of voters must prefer the winning option to the R5RS
A detailed example of the voting process can be found
in the [SampleVoteYakHandler Yak Handler] proposal.
The hope is that with this system and a more or less balanced
representation of Scheme implementations and ideals among the
members, we can ensure that while nothing crazy gets added,
any feature that is almost universally desired _will_ get
accepted, even if we can't agree on all the details.
Overall it's important that Working Group 1 err on the side
of conservatism, to ensure a wider acceptance among implementations
than R6RS received. It's harder to remove features than to add them,
and we have Working Group 2 to add any extra features necessary.