From: "John Stracke" <jstracke(_at_)incentivesystems(_dot_)com>
However, what's the point of tying someone to the
rails after the train wreck?
As a deterrent, I think. "Don't misrepresent the ITU position, because
they know whom they sent, and you'll blow your credibility in the ITU."
Those who care enough about their credibility to not misrepresent the
ITU position won't misrepresent it whether they are official
representatives or not. Those who are swayed by other considerations
will, as in that infamous IEEE 802.3 case, be swayed even if they are
official representatives. Some people are incapable of foreseeing
the possibility that they might be held accountable for what they see
as minor fibs or saying what they think they will be able to convince
the ITU to do expecially if the IETF has gone that way--again, apparently
as in that IEEE 802.3 example.
Vernon Schryver vjs(_at_)rhyolite(_dot_)com