From: Yakov Rekhter <yakov(_at_)juniper(_dot_)net>
In the rather arrogant terms of internet engineering, the IESG is by
definition the set of people that are "clueless". It is not possible
for it to be the other way around. No matter how wise and inteligent
IESG memebers are...
It is necessarly that the IESG understands that latter point and restricts
its job to document in a timely manner interoperable solutions for the
problems at hand regardless of personal opinion on the value of such
problems and technologies.
That is a valid position only if you assume the premise that the
IETF should publish RFCs on any and all subjects.
If you don't accept that premise but instead think the IETF should
only publish RFCs related to the Internet, then the inevitable
ignorance of the IESG is a valuable feature. If the IESG is clueless
about something, then it is likely that whatever it is should be
handled outside the IETF.
It seems clear that much of the pressure for the IETF to deal with
this particular area as well as some other areas that have nothing
to do with "Internet engineering" is due to "forum shopping" by
people and organizations that also see the inevitable ignorance of
the IESG and IAB as a positive feature. However, their intended
utilization of that ignorance is not respectable.
Vernon Schryver vjs(_at_)rhyolite(_dot_)com