it's me again.....
--On 4. mars 2004 10:59 -0800 Eliot Lear <lear(_at_)cisco(_dot_)com> wrote:
We come to different conclusions here. My conclusion is that no standard
should remain at proposed for more than 2 years unless it's revised.
Either it goes up, it goes away, or it gets revised and goes around again.
I spent some time thinking about this comment from the plenary on my way
home from Seoul. (An advantage of long flights....?)
I don't think obsoleting as a regular procedure is a bad idea. But it will
take some work to get from here to there.
My musings came up with a guesstimate of 1/2 hour of work per document on
the standards track that has been abandoned totally (due dilligence in
figuring out that *nobody* is using it), and 4 hours of work per document
on the standards track that is in use, but has no particularly interesting
future and should be moved to informational - and a somewhat larger figure
for the documents where there is in fact a reason to revive and revise them.
Some calculations using very round numbers.....
We have approximately 992 Proposed documents, of which I guesstimate that
about 800 documents are ready for evaluation under the 2-year rule; if we
assume a 12:3:1 distribution of the three categories above, we're looking
at around 600x0.5 + 150x4 = 900 man-hours to get there, if we disregard the
part about the standards that deserve updating, and disregard the documents
that have gotten to Draft and the full standards that deserve honorable
Possibly quite a bit less once the team doing it gets into full swing, or
if there are many standards for which it is easy to show that no
So if we can get 9 people to work at it, and want to be up-to-date in a
year, we're looking at an investment of around 100 hours per volunteer - or
about 2 hours each week for a year.
In the steady state (30 docs/month, currently), perhaps 30 man-hours/month
could be enough - lower, because since the docs are newer, people who are
asked actually remember.....
That doesn't look too awful.... people who want to volunteer for this work
can contact me, and we'll see if we can figure out a way to do it....