Ted, Lakshminath, and the Rest of the IETF Community:
I fail to understand why this has to be a guessing game.
The handling of reviews by non-IESG members seems to be an important
part of this discussion. So, I'll tell everyone how I deal with
Gen-ART Reviews. Other General ADs may have done things slightly different.
When I use a Gen-ART Review as the basis of a DISCUSS, I put it in
one of two categories.
(1) The Gen-ART Review was ignored. Like any other Last Call
comment, it deserves an answer. So, this is a procedural
objection. In this situation, I've been careful to say that the
authors do not need to accept all of the comments, but then need to
(2) I agree with one or more concerns raised in the Gen-ART Review
that has not been resolved. I often break the unresolved review
comments into DISCUSS and COMMENT. AD judgement is needed, and I
consider the DISCUSS Criteria in making that judgement.
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