Re: [Fwd: Re: Changes needed to Last Call boilerplate]

Alessandro Vesely <vesely@tana.it> Mon, 16 February 2009 11:14 UTC

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John Levine wrote:
>>Despite currently excessive number of comments, I think we should invite 
>>more comments and make it easier, not harder to send them. Even if 
>>traffic on the list is now too high and information content per message 
>>is low, in general our average number of comments in the IETF Last Call 
>>stage is too low.
> 
> The problem isn't sending the comments, it's getting people to read
> drafts, think about them, and offer cogent comments.

It is not clear if you imply that people read more the comments than 
the drafts. However, comments and drafts are not formally linked.

For an example of a different approach, those who commented on the 
GPLv3 draft saw its web interface. Text had different colors according 
to the number of comments related to a given snippet. One could click 
on the text to browse related comments, and possibly answer or add to 
them.

Perhaps, we could send comments to ietf-opaquelinktoken@ietf.org, 
where one can get such token while viewing the draft with a web tool, 
in order to link a comment to a specific section of the relevant 
draft's text. This or similar technique would allow to formally link 
the drafts to their comments, without altering the current work flow. 
More web links to the drafts, e.g. attached to a message while 
removing the opaque token before resending, may result in more draft 
lookups.

Just a thought.