Re: [IAOC] Badges and blue sheets

Marshall Eubanks <> Fri, 12 November 2010 01:54 UTC

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On Nov 11, 2010, at 8:39 PM, JORDI PALET MARTINEZ wrote:

> I've no problem with the badge being checked, and I think, at least in my
> case, it has been done in a very non-intrusive way. It increase the security
> for our personal staff and IETF/hosts properties, so that's good and it also
> helps to avoid people not paying to enter for free.
> However, I'm more concerned about something related. I've been observing
> since several meetings ago that some people that show as "non-paid" have got
> their badges (or at least I see them in the meetings), and I think some of
> them appear in many consecutive meetings.
> I understand that a small number of people is part of the host team, or
> future host, NOC, etc., and I see they appear as "Comp" and/or Host.
> Not sure if Comp stands for Complementary? If that's the case, I think it
> needs to be MORE obvious if is just complementary for an unknown (to most of
> us I guess) reason or is all part of the host/next host/NOC.

Dear Jordi;

It's American slang for complementary. It is generally viewed as a verb, but
generally used as an adjective (as in, "he wanted a comped ticket for his efforts").

Hosts get comped tickets, which they of course are really paying for in their sponsorship. 

Some full-time volunteers also get comped tickets. They work incredibly hard to make the 
meeting a success and I, for one, do not begrudge them that. 

Please note that the IAOC does not get comped tickets.


> I will use a more clear rations, such as "NOC", "host", "n. host" and I
> think the community needs to understand, for the rest of the cases, what it
> means complementary and why is that done (not sure if there is an RFC that
> states "special complementary cases").
> Why I'm asking this is that observing the 15$ increase in the cost of IETF,
> vs. the number of "comp" folks (across certain number of meetings), we could
> have saved that attendance cost increase.
> Note that I'm not saying "comp" should not be done, but we need a more clear
> rational/explanation about that, not only for cost reasons but also for
> making sure that when we see someone in the meeting rooms that hasn't paid,
> we can make sure that is not someone "faking" the system and attending at
> our expenses.
> Regards,
> Jordi
>> From: Brian E Carpenter <>
>> Organization: University of Auckland
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>> Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2010 13:09:46 +1300
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>> Subject: Badges and blue sheets
>> On 2010-11-12 12:32, Lawrence Conroy wrote:
>> ...
>>> Do I think the introduction of badge police to control access to IETF
>>> WG meetings is a big deal?
>> I think that freeriders attending our meetings without paying their
>> share of costs would be a big deal.
>> I think that patent trolls attending our meetings without identifying
>> themselves and signing the blue sheets would be a big deal.
>> I am very happy to have my badge checked and I would be even happier
>> if the blue sheets could be automated.
>>    Brian
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