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# How to Make Friends and Influence Standards Bodies
The greatest strength of the web is its openness. But not everyone appreciates how we arrived at the open web of today. A recent trend has cast standards bodies as bureaucracies that never accomplish anything of substance, while the heroic community innovates and implements “from scratch.”
Reality is much less black-and-white: sandboxes like Node.js have received much from the web platform and language that spawned them, and have a lot to contribute back. Standards bodies are composed of implementers and community members willing to engage, not ivory tower philosophers handing down bad, never-tested APIs from on high. And real gains could be made for both sides—with some effort.
Finally, together we’ll brainstorm on and identify some key areas where your expertise and hard-learned lessons could help the web platform toward future solutions for problems it’s encountered.