Re: Diversity and Inclusiveness in the IETF

Keith Moore <> Tue, 23 February 2021 04:34 UTC

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Subject: Re: Diversity and Inclusiveness in the IETF
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Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 23:33:58 -0500
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On 2/22/21 11:19 PM, Bron Gondwana wrote:

> One of the biggest barriers to entry in the IETF is stumbling across 
> an area in which no work is able to progress due to entrenched issues 
> within that area.


> But it's hard to get started if you don't already have the connections 
> to have your work sponsored by somebody who already knows their way 
> around the IETF's idiosyncrasies.
Agree.  And yet, you shouldn't be required to work with any specific 
person to get around those idiosyncrasies.   Perhaps we need better ways 
for new contributors to identify experienced people who can help them 
navigate those treacherous waters?  Or maybe we could do a better job of 
documenting those idiosyncrasies?

Conditions do change over time.  Sometimes people keep fighting old 
battles that made sense at one time based on an old set of conditions, 
but may keep fighting those battles after those conditions have changed 
and the old concerns no longer apply.