> There are lots of folks at IETF that are very familiar with Identity
> related problems and protocols. I am a bit disturbed that a solution is
> being proposed before the problem and the alternatives are throughly
Some IETF work items involve narrow topics that are well-understood and have a
core of interested folk who are clear about both of these facts, and clear about
Other work items are not so lucky.
As part of our efforts to ensure timely, useful output, we should work pretty
hard to assess likely risks for IETF work, from before its inception (and on an
on-going basis, of course.)
Some items are clearly *very* important and *very* risky. They warrant pursuit
but they are prime candidates for wasting the IETF's time. So they require
extra efforts to find ways to make things be both timely and productive.
At the very least, a wasted BOF consumes an expensive slot and delays the topic
by at least 4 months.
Note, however, that the opportunity costs associated with a BOF that is a public
debacle can, in fact, have strategic impact, essentially poisoning the IETF waters.
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