ISSUE: excessive perfectionism (was Re: ISSUE: Timeframes sho ld be focused on IETF purposes, not markets)

Keith Moore moore at
Wed Jun 11 12:36:07 CEST 2003

> It's been said of I-D's, and it's true of these wider issues too: give the
> definitions before starting to discuss them.  

makes sense.

> Do we have any working IETF definitions of *current* customers, mission, etc
> ?  If not, I think we should solve that problem before trying to understand
> *customers' requirements*, *furthering the mission of the IETF*, etc.

As I said earlier, I think IETF's "customers" are all of those affected by
something that IETF does.  It strikes me as counterproductive to think that
our goal is to benefit some subset of those people without regard to the harm
that we're doing to some other subset of those people.  

But maybe "customer" is a poor word to use, because it invites confusion of
IETF's motives with those of a business whose motive is profit, and which 
doesn't need to be very concerned with the interests of those who don't
buy its products or services.

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