Proposed New Note Well

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The IESG and the IAOC legal team have worked together to propose a new version for the note well that is used in various IETF activities. The intent is to make the note well shorter and more readable, and point more clearly to the full documentation of the various rules.

The current note well is available at and the proposed new one is below.

The IESG will make a decision about this matter shortly. Please provide comments, if any, to or to the IESG at before January 30, 2016.


Note Well

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