--On Friday, 18 January, 2002 07:14 -0800 Dave Crocker
Squeezing time out of turnip...
There has been some suggestion about having a working meeting
after the Sunday reception. I'm inclined to think that trying
to have it afterwards (after socializing and alcohol) is
But what about having a 90-120 minute plenary
immediately BEFORE the Sunday reception?
Besides technical presentations, IANA report and the like, it
could include the IAB time, since the IAB is about 'strategic'
issues. (Having the IESG later in the week is useful since it
can reflect operational issues that might have cropped up.)
Interesting and an idea that I don't think had come up. The
(only) problem is that it would probably force the IAB into a
Sunday afternoon, or, more likely (given conflicts with IEPG,
IESG meetings, etc), a Saturday, business meeting. Based on
some internal discussions, the level of within-IAB enthusiasm
for starting meetings on Saturday or Sunday morning is quite
low. Given that we tend to assume that IAB members are at least
somewhat obligated to meet when the IAB decides to meet, it
might be interesting were you, as a Nomcom member, to poll
potential IAB candidates as to whether a regular requirement for
such meetings would have any impact on their willingness to
On the other hand, if such an early plenary contained the
sponsor greetings, technical presentations, and routine reports
(IANA, RFC Editor, possibly IRTF), one might be able to do IAB
and IESG on a single night later in the week. It would be a
different split that would take us back a bit to the content of
the former Monday-morning plenaries and would require a fair
amount of community discipline to get through everything, but it
might have some appeal.
But... If I recall, a main reason we stopped those Monday
morning plenaries was that many hotels couldn't handle taking
down a room that was set up for a plenary and break it into
multiple meeting room spaces quickly enough for us to move into
morning WG sessions. For at least some hotels, I can imagine
much the same problem in trying to shift from a plenary into the
reception. So, even if we wanted to do this, it might not
always be possible, at least without (further) overconstraining
the choice of meeting places.