On 19 Dec 2000 at 11:07 -0500, Frank Kastenholz apparently wrote:
I believe that the only choices are
- limit attendance to "the right people" or
- accept the tourists and panda-watchers and
that the IETF meeting has evolved.
The right people include "monitors" these days. For example there were
newly attending voice people who were there making sure the IETF didn't
do anything which would make their lives miserable. Now that IP is
critical to almost everything you're going to see more of these people
who aren't there just for tutorials. They deserve to get in before the
panda-watchers (I love it -- but who's the panda? Don't answer that),
and after the active engineers.
I would suggest that chairs try setting the agenda around issues, not
around drafts themselves. The main point of the face-to-face meetings
is to resolve issues that cannot be resolved by mail. Put those on the
agenda, and let the combatants present as much tutorial information as
they feel is necessary to make their point -- but don't set up the
editor of a particular draft to give a presentation first, followed by
discussion. Don't even put the draft title on the agenda, just in the
preliminary mail sent out before the meeting. Thoughts?