My thoughts about the problems of the IETF

Eric Rosen erosen at
Thu Apr 17 11:40:52 CEST 2003

Keith> it's  very clear  that WGs  in general  and WG  chairs  in particular
Keith> already have too much power - this is why IESG is under such a strain
Keith> to try to curb their excesses.  It's 13 people against the mobs. 

The fact that so  many of the "old boys" hold this  point of view is perhaps
the number one problem. 

Keith> I've also seen WG chairs that abuse their power to push through their
Keith> (employer's) agenda, and I'm pretty fed up with that. 

Of course, IESG members would never do such a thing, would they? 

Keith> I think it's far more constructive for IETF to try to be as useful as
Keith> possible within its chosen area, than  for IETF to worry about how to
Keith> discourage growth of other standards organizations. 

If you think the WGs are damaging  the Internet, wait till you see what will
happen if we leave an opening for the ITU-T to get into the act. 

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