Re: [86attendees] How I know I am an IETFer

"Fred Baker (fred)" <> Sat, 16 March 2013 02:24 UTC

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It's a good summary.

On Mar 15, 2013, at 2:11 PM, Tal Mizrahi <<>> wrote:

In the spirit of the last day of IETF 86, I was sitting in the Orlando airport and thinking about the IETF culture.
Indeed, “The Tao of IETF” does a good job of capturing the essence of the IETF, but I was trying to find a minimal set of attributes that characterize an IETFer, and here is what I came up with.

Q: How do I know I am an IETFer?
A: If I comply to at least 5 of the following conditions, I must be an IETFer.
-          My idea of “business casual” is a pair of jeans and an IETF T-shirt from the previous decade.
-          I have at least 2 of the following features: long hair, facial hair, nose hair, ear hair, receding hairline, glasses, “new attendee” badge.
-          I have never heard of Microsoft Word. I use vi.
-          I believe in keeping the internet free, but I have the most expensive broadband connection that money can buy.
-          I believe the words MUST, SHOULD and MAY must be written in uppercase. I believe my previous sentence has a typo.
-          I use IPv6.
-          I like to book all my trips at least 3 months in advance, including airline tickets, train tickets, toll pass, local currency, local SIM card, dinner plans, lunch plans.
-          Around 3 pm I get a craving for 6” cookies.
-          When my kids argue with me I tell them “let’s take it to the mailing list”.
-          I use Jabber.
-          When I eat ice-cream I call it an ice-cream BOF.
-          I like sitting in a room full of >100 engineers and reading my emails. I call it a working group meeting.
-          When I have a drink with a couple of friends I call it a bar BOF.
-          When I hold a meeting after 8pm I call it a bar BOF.
-          I celebrate PI day.
-          I have never heard of Microsoft Visio. I am a master of ASCII art.
-          When someone asks me if the Wi-Fi reception is good, I answer with the average bandwidth, average delay, delay variation and packet loss rate.
-          I am not sure what the IRTF is. I think it’s a typo.
-          When I hear the word “vote”, the word hmmmm comes to mind.
-          When people ask me “are you going to a conference?”, I answer: “no, I am going to an IETF meeting”.
-          I believe most of the problems in the middle east can be solved by rough consensus and running code.
-          I think Linux is the best.
-          When I check into a hotel I contact the IT team to help them improve the performance of the hotel network.

See you in Berlin!

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