New-comers (was Re: the old fellowship program)

Andrew Sullivan <ajs@anvilwalrusden.com> Fri, 16 April 2021 03:17 UTC

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Subject: New-comers (was Re: the old fellowship program)
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Dear colleagues,

I work for the Internet Society, but I must emphasise that I do not
post in that capacity; neither does this represent the position of the
Internet Society.

On Thu, Apr 15, 2021 at 09:34:20PM -0400, Keith Moore wrote:

>The other 
>is to teach newcomers what they need to know to not be snarled at.   
>They're not mutually exclusive.

Of course they aren't mutually exclusive, but only a culture of
entitled self-indulgent old fools who are going to die out due to the
inevitable ravages of age would suppose that the right approach to
possible newcomers is to beat them long enough that their morale
improves.  If that is really the future of the IETF, then I regret any
association I have ever had with it.  What a horrifying plan!  The
IETF is simply not that important, and if you think this is the way to
embrace the future I urge you that perhaps you might listen
(presumably again) to Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'".

Best regards,

A

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Andrew Sullivan
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