At the risk of turning this into a string of competing anectdotes
It turned into that long ago. In terms of the tone in these discussions, folk
continue to believe that their personal experiences are relevant for deciding
logistics policy in choosing IETF meetings.
Unfortunately, such folk constitute a remarkably skewed sample of what is
typically touted as the target population of IETF attendees.
The premise to these anecdotes appears to be that IETF meetings are designed for
people who have:
* hefty corporate travel funding -- so money is largely no object
* extensive travel experience -- therefore accepting requirements
to handle complex travel details
* frequent travel schedules -- so extraneous, 1/2-day incremental
time and cost doesn't mean much
* a full week at the meeting -- so remote locations have minor
* a desire to use meetings for tourism -- which is more important than venue
convenience or reliability
* complete lack of empathy for anyone not fitting into this category
"Lack of empathy" is typically being demonstrated by overt hostility, but
certainly dismissive handwaves. The concerns of others simply do not matter and
are to be classed as petty, naive, or the like.
It's difficult to imagine a more elitist demographic, particular for a community
that has been predicated on diversity and inclusiveness.
At the least, the IETF should be honest and re-cast its community culture as
being tailored for well-funded professional meeting goers...
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