However a PR action is an incredibly huge hammer.
I have to reluctantly agree with Sam. I'm reluctant because
there are far too many days when I wish Jefsey would just
quietly go away Of course, he is not the only person I'd put on
that list, and I imagine I'm on some similar lists kept by
others, but that is exactly the point and the problem.
1. The hammer is, indeed, huge. That is why it must be reserved for use on folk
who cause significant problems, rather than folk who merely demonstrate a bit of
social gracelessness. In particular, it is to be used when someone establishes
a track record of real and significant disruption.
2. Almost everyone can have a moment of utility, just as almost everyone can
have a moment of disruption. The question is whether that utility
counter-balances the damage caused by being disruptive. I believe the purpose
of the current procedure is, really, to make exactly that assessment.
3. None of us is essential to the IETF. No matter how wonderful anyone's
occasional contributions, the IETF can do just fine without any one of us. First
and foremost, the IETF is about the social process of developing agreement on
technical matters. Anyone who demonstrates a pattern of disruption to that
process is hurting the core of the IETF. Such folk need to be excluded from
public IETF discussions.
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