A lot of people find out that the W3C's governance is fucked up and overly dependent on corporate sponsorship (and it is) and then assume that the WHATWG must be a better institution (it isn't).
WHATWG is, for the most part, a "what-the-major-browser-vendors-say/do-rules" org. And keep in mind, that's now just two organizations (Google and Mozilla). That's good reason for pause.
@cwebber is there something we can do to improve W3c?
The problem with this kind of corporate sponsorship is it can allow for compromised positions that never would have been taken otherwise, like https://dustycloud.org/blog/drm-will-unravel-the-web/
@maloki Also a lot of the staff at standards orgs are paid to do what is, quite frankly, boring but necessary stuff. And we probably *would* have to pay people to do that.