Just to add my two cents to this discussion from a (past) noncom chair
perpsective, having more experienced IETF participants on the Nomcom helps
tremendously. It makes it far easier for the noncom chair and non-voting
members (previous nomcom chair and liaisons) to stick to the roles as
specified in RFC 3777 in terms of facilitatng and ensuring the integrity of
the process and not influencing the decisions of the nomcom. In the end,
each voting member gets one vote (using a methodology agreed by the voting
members), so the positives of ensuring the nomcom has experienced members
far outweigh any perceived negatives in my experience.
On 7/24/2010 2:24 PM, John Leslie wrote:
How can we impose additional
experience requirements on some NomCom members without implying that
we want their opinions to be considered "better"?
I've been on 3 Nomcoms. Voting members with experience are typically
notable, but those without have yet to show anything I'd call "deference"
or "intimidation". On the average, IETF participants are each and all
rather independent-minded and painfully unintimidated by folks with
During a discussion among members, being able to cite experience when
offering an opinion helps, but I haven't seen anything that looked like
inherently preferential position because a member has more experience.
Decisions still require making a good case for a position.
I'll be the IAB's liaison to NomCom this year, but I haven't served on a
NomCom previously. You're addressing a concern I had (and I don't think I
was the only one) about part of the committee deferring to more experienced
I hadn't heard anyone saying "not a problem in my experience" previously.
Good to know.
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