My answer is that this is a judgement call and it forms part of the
decision making tree that the IAOC has to make when selecting any
venue. We have asked for community feedback in this case, and we've
received it (or we are receiving it I should say).
Personally, yes, I see the benefits and I also don't believe that we
really WOULD run afoul of the "rules" and suffer any consequences,
but one can always come up with worst-case scenarios. If we all go
there with self-censorship and fear in mind, I'd rather we went
somewhere else, but I don't believe we need to be fearful.
On Wed, 23 Sep 2009, Michael StJohns wrote:
And I'm at a loss to understand why censoring such a statement (or
ejecting an individual who says it, or terminating the IETF meeting
in which is was said) should be a required part of an IETF meeting?
This isn't a China issue per se - this is about what we expect from
and for ourselves in the context of the IETF. We have a way of
interacting that - while not pretty - mostly works. It's unclear to
me why we should accept restrictions on that way of interacting that
are imposed from without. If your answer is - "because there's some
benefit to the IETF" - I would then ask what else should we be
willing to give up for other benefits and where should we draw the
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