Re: [IAB] IAB@iab.org mailing list closed, yet asks for comments?

Dave Crocker <dhc@dcrocker.net> Fri, 12 February 2016 16:56 UTC

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Subject: Re: [IAB] IAB@iab.org mailing list closed, yet asks for comments?
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@greenbytes.de>, Brian E Carpenter <brian.e.carpenter@gmail.com>
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From: Dave Crocker <dhc@dcrocker.net>
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On 2/12/2016 8:45 AM, Julian Reschke wrote:
> On 2016-02-12 04:43, Brian E Carpenter wrote:
>> That's where these drafts have been discussed extensively. Note that
>> it's *not* an IETF list, because RFCs are for a wider community than
>> the IETF.
>>
>>      Brian
>
> But the point remains. The feedback should be public; right now it is
> not. I recommend to use rfc-interest instead of the IAB mailing list.


I think the original concern has gotten missed.  The IAB's own direction 
was:

 > Please send comments to iab@iab.org.

While the basis for that direction is understandable, it means that the 
IAB did not direct comments to a public forum.

This is worth considering as a general issue, not just for the current 
topic.

While I imagine there really are times that warrant not having a public 
exchange, for communications from any IETF body, the default should be 
to specify a public discussion forum for comments, not a 
restricted-access address.

Otherwise, which public list to use is hidden (insider) knowledge, 
effectively serving to restrict who participates.

d/