Re: Concerns about Singapore

George Michaelson <> Tue, 12 April 2016 00:18 UTC

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Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:18:54 +1000
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Subject: Re: Concerns about Singapore
From: George Michaelson <>
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On Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 9:54 AM, Ted Lemon <> wrote:
> While I do not think it's true that we can entirely get away without doing
> in-person meetings, I do agree with you that we can do better at doing
> remote meetings.   Perhaps we should let this unfortunate event drive us to
> make the attempt.
> If we were to attempt such a thing, how do you think it would work?

We'd need tighter chairing. We'd need microphone floor control, and
queues and reservations and we'd adopt meeting formalisms to get the
poll of the room.

Consensus hums would be next to impossible. We'd find pressure to head
to votes. Which of course is a huge no-go for a lot of people.

Van Jacobsen talked to me 15+ years ago about the ways you might have
to police the MBONE and it was interesting to think he was looking
forward then to large attendee, widely distributed, delay-bound
interactions online which is where we're kind-of heading.

The RIR have been doing break-out meetings for a while, and training
the chairs to respect a 30 second lag for feedback from the room is
very hard. Chairs like to judge consensus with eyes in the room, not
on the screen.