Re: NomCom 2019 Call for Community Feedback

Keith Moore <moore@network-heretics.com> Mon, 04 November 2019 23:17 UTC

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Subject: Re: NomCom 2019 Call for Community Feedback
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On 11/4/19 2:54 PM, Salz, Rich wrote:

> I wonder what people think would break if we moved to 5 AD's per area, and they could divide the WG's and IESG concalls amongst themselves?

I suspect it would mean that there'd be more ADs looking for nits to 
pick in order to delay documents.

Note: I DO NOT think that ADs see their purpose in picking nits or 
delaying documents.   But I do think there's a tendency for people in 
any position to, perhaps subconsciously, try to "prove their worth", and 
I suspect that having a lot more ADs would create perverse incentives.

ADs do tend to be overloaded.   Sometimes, IMO, it's because there is a 
lack of political will (and/or community support) to push back against 
new WGs that lack the energy or the clue to be doing what they propose 
to do.    Sometimes, IMO, it's because IETF has a longstanding Bad Habit 
of trying to mask tussles by spinning up lots of narrowly focused WGs 
with non-overlapping scope.

But mostly, IMO, ADs are overloaded because we're trying to use 
volunteers to do what should be paid positions with limited terms.

Keith