Re: [Diversity] The nature of the IETF

<nalini.elkins@insidethestack.com> Fri, 15 July 2016 13:07 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Diversity] The nature of the IETF
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At 13:18 14-07-2016, nalini.elkins@insidethestack.com wrote:
>>I am going to say that IETF@IETF.ORG is a somewhat special 
>>case.   Some of us in the U.S. (and I count myself among them!) feel 
>>quite free to voice our opinions on all kinds of topics.   We take 
>our freedom of speech seriously!   I know I feel sometimes that I 
>>should probably "cool it" and go write some code instead of spouting 
>>off on the IETF@IETF.ORG list.  So, I suppose there may be some 
>>cultural issues here.

>There was a time where I would use the words "culture issues" as a 
>description.  From what I read there are different national concepts 
>about it.  In some parts of the IETF it is known that ietf@ietf.org 
>subscribers take freedom of speech seriously.

>I'll quote some text from an IESG discussion:

 >  "It is in the nature of the IETF to be intimidating to non engineers or to
 >   less qualified engineers.  Feeling intimidated because one is ignorant and
 >   where nobody is trying to do harm is something that is ok. Trying to intimidate
 >   is not ok, attempting to intimidate because someone is young, old, etc. is not
 >   ok, but that was already stated."

>And from an IETF mailing list:

 >  "For Example, Native English speakers may think that they are best 

 >  contributors but they are wrong, because people chosen the language to be used > with no smart reason."

>Would it be better that you and I have a conversation or would it be 
>better if I agree with your opinion?


 
Please, let's have a conversation.   I am quite interested in your thoughts.  Is using "cultural issues" too broad a term or somehow offensive?  I would like to learn what is better to use or how to talk about this.   I really was not meaning to be offensive.

Thanks,
Nalini