Re: [datatracker-rqmts] Publicly-readable and private/anonymous lists

Paul Hoffman <> Tue, 14 December 2010 03:20 UTC

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Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2010 19:22:02 -0800
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Subject: Re: [datatracker-rqmts] Publicly-readable and private/anonymous lists
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This is a good discussion with lots of different views. After the telecon on Friday (would that be a voice-to-voice or v2v meeting?), I'll probably do an informal poll and see where we get.

As a lead-up, I want to reiterate that we all seem to be talking about having lists be created and edited by one person (for private/anonymous lists) and a very small number of known people for IETF-activity lists such as WGs and areas. What seems to be in question is what to do about the rest of the world being able to read those lists. Of course, IETF-activity lists only exist so that there can be readers, but there are differing views on whether the value of having private/anonymous lists outweighs the costs. A related idea is "not in the first round, but make them available later".

Wearing no hat: I think it is useful for me to be able to see someone else's list, for example when I'm starting up on a new topic that is not just a single WG. As an example, "Dan Wing's view of what is most interesting in v6 transition ideas" would be much more useful to me than "everything in BEHAVE". Also, there might be some good personal lists for topics in closed WGs, such as "Jim's view of ongoing work in S/MIME".

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