for reference, the rules I'm phrasing are intended to capture the rather
strong consensus about needing to be extremely efficient with meeting
time. my own observation is that it is sometimes acceptable for a group to
be less efficient.
however it is clear that the problem with meeting time is frequent and
broad and serious enough to warrant starting with some rather severe
rules. those are what I'm trying to phrase.
At 12:44 PM 1/3/01 -0800, Paul Hoffman / IMC wrote:
2. IETF meetings should not be used for introducing ideas or
specifications; use the list.
There are times where meetings can better for "introducing ideas" than the
mailing lists are. If people in a WG think that the WG should attack a new
problem, and many people have proposed solutions for that problem,
"have proposed" means they did it first somewhere else, presumably on the list.
the premise to the rule is ALWAYS to make the list the FIRST venue, with
meetings used ONLY after the list has proved problematic.
On mailing lists, statements of problems that come with proposed solutions
often devolve into ...
often. not always. the rules would not prohibit comparative presentations
at the meeting, under the scenario you describe. rather, they simply
require that presentation via the list be tried first, with the comparative
presentations done only if necessary.
Dave Crocker <dcrocker(_at_)brandenburg(_dot_)com>
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