Re: [Gendispatch] Last Call: <draft-eggert-bcp45bis-06.txt> (IETF Discussion List Charter) to Best Current Practice

Bron Gondwana <brong@fastmailteam.com> Wed, 20 October 2021 14:34 UTC

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Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2021 01:34:11 +1100
From: "Bron Gondwana" <brong@fastmailteam.com>
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Subject: Re: [Gendispatch] Last Call: <draft-eggert-bcp45bis-06.txt> (IETF Discussion List Charter) to Best Current Practice
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On Thu, Oct 21, 2021, at 00:13, Barry Leiba wrote:
> The only way we have, at this point, to make community appointments is
> through the NomCom, and I think it would be a bad approach to add SAA
> positions to the NomCom's slate.

I definitely agree with this.  While there are some advantages to having the NomCom appoint everything, the SAA role isn't one of the things that needs it - likewise we don't have the NomCom appoint all working group chairs, instead we have the ADs appoint them as part of their responsibilities.

I do understand Lloyd's issue as well - he had a particularly messy run-in with the SAA in a circumstance where the SAA was being used to shut down a very uncomfortable discussion about a publication which was seen to be claiming a consensus which had not been established.

If the SAA was the final arbiter of what's acceptable in the IETF, then I'd agree that we need a more rigorous way to appoint them - but, they aren't.  The escalation point for a problem with the SAA is the IETF chair, and if you ALSO have a problem with the chair, then there's a dispute resolution or recall processes.  So the SAA isn't the final arbiter, so I'm quite happy for the SAAs to continue to be appointed by the chair.

Cheers,

Bron.

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