On Tue, 19 Apr 2005, Eliot Lear wrote:
Perhaps the IETF traditional motto, "rough consensus and working
code" should be revised to make it clear that the "rough consensus"
goes only up to a certain point, but after that point the IETF
operates solely by a decree from the IESG.
You and I were both in the room when the Ethernet-MIB WG LOUDLY objected to
Jon Postel having tweaked the Ethernet-MIB to properly align definitions with
what the IEEE counters were. The WG chair was rip roaring upset. Here you
had rough consensus and running code. How dare others interfere! Of course
it was a broken spec, but nevermind that! The WG knew better.
Good thing *someone* was minding the store.
At the same time reverse is not true, i.e. I do not think IESG should be
allowed to make a decision on document on its own if there is no consensus.
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