Re: Last Call: <draft-dawkins-iesg-one-or-more-04.txt> (Increasing the Number of Area Directors in an IETF Area) to Best Current Practice

Stewart Bryant <stbryant@cisco.com> Fri, 19 December 2014 10:50 UTC

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I agree with the principle of this draft and agree that the IESG should
have the flexibility to structure the size of areas and the set the number
of ADs per area at an appropriate level.

I do have a concern that when the number of ADs falls to one as there
can be issues of conflict of interest that need technical expertise to
resolve. There is also the issue of there being no natural AD for IETF
participants to turn to in such circumstances. It would be useful if
the proposed BCP gave a little guidance to cover such circumstances
such as considering the, perhaps temporary, merging of areas so
that there were three responsible ADs rather than just one.

- Stewart