Re: Registration details for IETF 108

Eric Rescorla <ekr@rtfm.com> Tue, 02 June 2020 12:57 UTC

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From: Eric Rescorla <ekr@rtfm.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2020 05:57:02 -0700
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Subject: Re: Registration details for IETF 108
To: Mehmet Ersue <mersue@gmail.com>
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On Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 3:45 AM Mehmet Ersue <mersue@gmail.com> wrote:

> > 6.  We did not consult on this because there is not enough time for an
> effective consultation.  It would probably have been worse to have asked
> people their views and then said sorry we don’t have enough time to change
> anything.
>
> This is ridiculous as a reason. This is not the usual practice at the IETF
> I know.
> We do discuss openly and develop a consensus after understanding the
> reasons and consequences.
> If it is too late and there is no time to discuss the appropriate decision
> would be to defer such a new rule on fees.
>

This seems like entirely appropriate practice on short notice. I would note
that the LLC regularly makes decisions which involve a far larger change to
people's costs than the fees -- namely, where to site the meeting --
without consultation, so I while I think it would be good for the LLC to
get feedback on this topic, I don't think there's inherently an obligation
to put it to a community wide call for consensus.

Moreover, as Jason points out, the IETF has charged attendance fees for
some time, so one could view this as a decision to *reduce* fees, in light
of the virtual status.

-Ekr