RE: The IETF environment

"Adrian Farrel" <adrian@olddog.co.uk> Fri, 25 April 2014 15:32 UTC

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This is a handy thread and brings into question what the 'S' in IESG is supposed
to mean.

On the whole I take it as Dave to mean that the IESG should facilitate. That may
mean spotting when people have focus and energy for a topic and helping to put
them together and make space for the work. But it also may mean spotting when
work "needs to be done" and encouraging people to get together to do that work.

(Internet Engineering Spotter Group?)

Adrian

> From: ietf [mailto:ietf-bounces@ietf.org] On Behalf Of Dave Crocker
> 
> My point was not meant as a statement of philosophy or criticism of the
> IETF, but a description of the long-term operational model that covers
> its actual history.
> 
> That model is for initiatives to come from the grass roots of the
> community, seeking facilitation within the IETF.  These do not depend
> upon strategic management directions being set.

> With respect to getting work done, this is a bottom-up organization, not
> a top-down one.  (That's why I think Area "Director" is a serious
> misnomer and Area "Facilitator" would be far more accurate.)