RE: build personal contacts outside of meetings

"Adrian Farrel" <adrian@olddog.co.uk> Tue, 24 May 2016 09:24 UTC

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From: "Adrian Farrel" <adrian@olddog.co.uk>
To: "'Alia Atlas'" <akatlas@gmail.com>
Subject: RE: build personal contacts outside of meetings
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 10:24:12 +0100
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Alia,

> I've wondered about whether it would help/add to have pictures of IETFers
> associated with their IETF datatracker account.   We do have a gallery of
> photos for WG chairs, but I have no sense of how much those are used.

I have repeatedly been told that the WG chair photos are really useful for people attending f2f meetings who want to seek out chairs to talk with them. The same would probably apply to any IETFer with whom they wanted to make contact at an f2f meeting.

[snip]

> I would love to figure out how to recreate the types of serendipitous interactions
> and 'hallway' conversations that happen - but in an on-line setting. 

A few years back the IESG caused the creation of hallway@jabber.ietf.org. When I was on the IESG I tried to remember to hang out there when my jabber client was open. I think a couple of other ADs tried as well. As I recall, it was very rare for anyone else to be there and over a couple of years I think I fielded just one question.

Adrian