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to follow up on Dave's note
* The IETF as a whole does not have consensus on the technical
approach or document. There are cases where individual working
groups or areas have forged rough consensus around a technical
approach which does not garner IETF consensus. An AD may DISCUSS
a document where she or he believes this to be the case. While
the Area Director should describe the technical area where
consensus is flawed, the focus of the DISCUSS and its resolution
should be on how to forge a cross-IETF consensus.
what actual evidence must an AD present to indicate that the
assertion of non-consensus is anywhere but in the one AD's mind?
Like WG chairs, ADs are expected to use their best judgment in assessing
WG or IETF consensus, respectively.
Ultimately a declaration of consensus has to be a judgment call on
someone's part. No amount of procedural rules can get around that. The
best we can do to ensure fairness is make the process transparent and
provide for appeal.
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