Do we spend too much time with overviews of drafts that really should
have been read by all attendees beforehand? Maybe it would be good for
the first session on Monday to be an "Area Overview" session where an
overview of all the latest drafts can be "presented" to give people a
broader view of what is going on? Actually I have often felt that the
IESG plenary would be a good place for area directors to give status
updates/overviews of the work going on in their areas.
On reading this I found myself wondering if the "real" IETF WG meetings
- these consisting of actual discussions - should be Tuesday-Friday.
Then Mondays could be used to conduct "presentation" or "introductory"
or "catch up" sessions for each of the WGs. Attendees who hadn't read
the documents and kept up with the mailing list, along with document
authors and WG chairs, would be expected to attend on Mondays so that
they could catch up on the material. Everyone else could show up on
Tuesday and stay through Friday.
I'm also tempted to suggest that there be an extra charge for attendance
on Mondays (other than for WG chairs and people presenting material),
with the proceeds split between the secretariat and the people doing
I honestly think that "catch up" sessions could be quite valuable in
several ways. They could help newcomers to a particular WG get up to
speed, they could facilitate more cross-area review, they could make the
real discussions more effective by minimizing time spent explaining
things to those who weren't caught up.
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