Re: [Recentattendees] IETF 100, Singapore -- proposed path forward and request for input

Ted Hardie <ted.ietf@gmail.com> Sun, 22 May 2016 04:16 UTC

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From: Ted Hardie <ted.ietf@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 00:16:37 -0400
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Subject: Re: [Recentattendees] IETF 100, Singapore -- proposed path forward and request for input
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On Sat, May 21, 2016 at 5:00 PM, Brian E Carpenter <
brian.e.carpenter@gmail.com> wrote:

>
> ...
> > In particular, "nice place to bring family or companion(s)" is
> > either a selection criterion or it isn't.  I'm not talking about
> > where it is in the list of priorities and tradeoffs; I'm talking
> > about whether or not it is on the list.
>
> It could be on the list if we believe that it has a significant
> impact on attendance and therefore on financial viability. But
> that's surely secondary to 'getting the work done' and 'getting the
> best range of people to the meeting'.
>

So, I have to confess myself somewhat surprised at the "could be" above.
The IETF currently provides a companion program with special registration,
a welcome reception, and facilities for coordination.  Making the travel
family friendly seems to me *currently* on the list of efforts we undertake.

We can change that, of course, but it seems deciding to prioritize novel
meeting places over family friendliness is retrograde in a different way
than the one Melinda has already pointed out.

Ted Hardie