Re: [79all] IETF Badge

Ole Jacobsen <> Sat, 13 November 2010 00:20 UTC

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Oops, sorry you did ask more than one question. This one:

"What I asked was whether or not the decision to require a strict 
mapping of badge to person was an IAOC decision or the host/hotel/someone else? 
You sort of indicate that it was "the local host" and the (paraphrasing here)
"cultural artifact".  But then go on to "its no big thing"

Prior to the day pass experiment (and I would guess even during) 
companies would pass around badges for folks that wanted to attend - 
especially local first timers, but didn't need to be there for more 
than a day or a meeting.  As far as I know we (IETF) have no policy on 

Answer (my own opinion): We may not have a policy that states you 
cannot pass around a badge to a number of people, but I think it 
violates the spirit of "no free lunch" particularly now that the 
meeting fees are a significant source of income to balanace the 
meeting expenses. Ditto (obviously) for day passes. Buying one and 
sending 5 people clearly defeats the purpose.

(I think the registration page says that you can send a substitute, 
but that's a different matter).


Ole J. Jacobsen
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