On 6 apr 2010, at 18:16, Mark Atwood wrote:
Cisco, IBM, MCI, or Linden Lab are not a "members" of the IETF. No agency of
the US government, or of any other government, is a "member" of the IETF. No
university, non-profit, PIRG, PAC, or other "concerned citizens group", is a
"member" of the IETF.
Only individual people can be "members" of the IETF. And "membership" is
mostly defined as "who shows up on the mailing list" and "who shows up at the
True enough, but that's only one side of the equation. Cisco, IBM, etc, etc as
a rule don't send their people to the IETF to support the greater Minneapolis
area economy or other alturistic reasons: they want their people to get stuff
done at the IETF. As such, an IETF participant's affiliations have relevance,
and should be clear to all.
Considering that, it wouldn't be the worst idea to have everyone post mailing
list messages from an employee email address. Then again, I don't need that
kind of spam exposure on even more email addresses...
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