My thoughts about the problems of the IETF

Margaret Wasserman mrw at
Sun Apr 27 22:35:25 CEST 2003

At 02:32 PM 4/22/2003 +0300, john.loughney at wrote:
> > But I've also seen WG chairs that abuse their power to push through
> > their (employer's) agenda, and I'm pretty fed up with that.
>Any suggestions on how to improve that?

Raise you concerns with the responsible AD.  If they hear
similar concerns from several different people, they'll
probably do something about it.

> > Mainly what I'm
> > concerned with is giving WGs even more power to break things outside of 
> their
> > narrow scopes - there's far too much of that going on.
>Well, that is a difficult call - I think it may call for increased rigor
>from IESG / IAB folks; some people with broader technical scope should be
>involved in many of the WGs.

Hopefully, the IESG/IAB folks are not the only people in the
IETF with broad technical knowledge.  They may be the only
ones who can work full-time (or almost full-time) for the IETF,
but we should be able to figure out some way to leverage
knowledgeable people who are willing to contribute part-time
in this type of capacity.


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