Metadiscussion [Last Call: Modern Global Standards Paradigm]

Brian E Carpenter <brian.e.carpenter@gmail.com> Sun, 12 August 2012 17:34 UTC

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From: Brian E Carpenter <brian.e.carpenter@gmail.com>
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Dave,

On 12/08/2012 17:14, Dave Crocker wrote:
...
> Again, what's happening here is a form of 'let's ignore IETF process
> because this is such a wonderful cause'.
> 
> It is, indeed, a wonderful cause, but I don't recall our establishing
> rules that are to be applied only when we feel like it, or in varied
> manner that our management decides is sufficient.

Quite true. However, RFC 2026 lays down rules for standards track
documents, and extends them to IETF process documents by stating
that they are published as BCPs.

It doesn't lay down rules for actions such as signing a declaration
of common general policy with other SDOs*. In my opinion, it is
completely appropriate for the IAB, IESG and the IETF Chair to adopt
an abbreviated or adapted procedure for such documents.

* In fact, this type of thing seems to be in the IAB's remit, BCP 39,
section 2, clause (f) "External Liaison: ...other technical and
organizational issues relevant to the world-wide Internet."

Regards
    Brian