Re: [Gendispatch] Diversity and Inclusiveness in the IETF

Bill Woodcock <> Tue, 23 February 2021 22:26 UTC

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> On Feb 23, 2021, at 10:50 PM, Brian E Carpenter <> wrote:
> Also, you don't mention operators, whose role is not to write code at all but whose contribution to the IETF is essential. So that's another category of "doers".


PCH has been an active participant in the IETF for some 28 years, and we’re not a code-writing shop, we’re an operator.  We have very strong feelings about what’s needed, and we also know that we aren’t going to be the ones writing that code, we’re going to be the ones fielding it and trying to make it scale.  So, yes, we care about the success of the IETF and the open standards process and multistakeholderism, because it’s all vital to our being able to hold up our end of things.

Writing code is one critical aspect of the IETF.  Writing specifications is another critical aspect of the IETF.  Testing interoperability is yet another.  None of these stand alone, and none work without the others.