Concrete example of editor/WG inefficiencies
pekkas at netcore.fi
Tue Nov 18 16:55:42 CET 2003
When helping Bert/Randy to review documents at the IESG through
ops-dir, Bert stated that we should focus on major issues (while nits
etc. would be OK as well, but whether they'd be fixed would be up to
the authors etc.). I hope I interpreted that well.
The reasons for this stance were (quoting Bert, with permission):
- some editors/authors seem to need long turnaround times for
even the simplest changes
- when you let them make changes, the WG-chairs and ADs need to check
that they made them correctly and did not sneak new stuff into
the doc that we did not agree on
- some people use WORD to produce doc, then do manual editing to
remove stupid word-side-effects and so often make stupid errors
and so we end up wasting more cycles that needed.
.. I can see the problems here, but this really, really seems to be a
huge process problem in other fronts: inefficient editors and chairs,
the use of wrong tools if fixing a few nits is too difficult etc.
For every one of the three points above, you could continue ", but
this is really a separate problem on its own, that is, XXXXX."
We adjust the work habits and quality to cope for low performance, and
expect the editors/WG-chairs/etc. to perform badly. Not sure whether
that's a good idea.
I think this should already be covered in the problem statement draft,
but bringing up as an explicit example of a seemingly failing document
Pekka Savola "You each name yourselves king, yet the
Netcore Oy kingdom bleeds."
Systems. Networks. Security. -- George R.R. Martin: A Clash of Kings
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