On Thu, Nov 29, 2007 at 10:15:05AM +0100, Stephane Bortzmeyer wrote:
It's not "geographic balance of places on the world map" that people
are talking about here. It's "geographic balance of places where the
people who write IETF documents live".
Then, things can go on forever. We do not hold meetings in places
where there are not a lot of IETF members. As a result, people from
these countries do not come and do not participate. Then, the prophecy
becomes true. And so on.
If we want to be serious about breaking the vicious circle, we should
do meetings in places where there is *currently* few members (I do not
suggest Namibia or Papua-New Guinea but, may be, Egypt, Argentina,
India, places like that?)
I would have to disagree. How useful is it for someone who isn't
participating with the IETF to show up at an IETF meeting for the
first time with zero context? The best way to participate is *on*
*the* *mailing* *lists*. If we have the meeting in the middle of
Africa, do you honestly expect anyone who shows up out of curiosity is
likely to start authoring IETF documents and participating with the
IETF after that one meeting is over?
I personally have trouble beliving this....
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