On Mar 7, 2008, at 8:56 AM, Spencer Dawkins wrote:
So, for example, it probably IS worth finding out if the rest of
the ADs who sponsor reviewing bodies
As an AD who sponsors a reviewing body (the Security Directorate), I
guess it is my
turn to step into the fray. Yikes!
Before I get started, I would like to note that I would not have
survived my first year as an AD without
the support of the Security Directorate. I continue to be impressed
by the quality of the reviews that
are performed. It is not an easy task when you are assigned a
document from an unfamiliar area. I
am sure that ADs sponsoring other reviewing bodies feel the same way.
also use Russ's division into
- "did you consider the reviewer's comments?", especially when the
review was issued as
part of IETF Last Call, and
- "how did you address this specific comment, which I agreed
with?", whether the AD entered the comment as a non-blocking
COMMENT or as a DISCUSS.
I considerate it my responsibility to ensure that reviews from the
are considered thoughtfully. I requesting that members of the
community devote their
precious time to these reviews, and I don't want to see them
ignored. So yes, I have
filed process discusses of the form "The authors have not responded
to John Doe's
secdir review." If the review had unsuccessfully attempted to
initiate a conversation
with the authors and they were unresponsive, that may even be the
path to take. If the review was in the form of concrete suggestions
considerations section needs to address man-in-the-middle attacks") I
may choose to
issue a DISCUSS using their text instead of involving the reviewer.
If the review was acknowledged, then I review the email thread. I
attempt to verify that
any agreed upon actions are included in the current draft or
implemented by a note to
the RFC Editor. Modifications promised but not executed merit a
discuss just to ensure
they aren't forgotten. (I believe that this is consistent with the
DICUSS criteria ION, under
the IETF process for document advancement. Regardless, it doesn't
present a burden or
unduly complicate the process. At least, no one has complained about
this type of discuss.)
If issues were raised in the review but agreement was not reached, I
try to decide whether
I agree with the reviewer's comment *and* its relative importance.
So, these "residual"
issues get addressed using the second method.
The more difficult problems come when a review is submitted just days
before a telechat.
IETF Last Call has typically closed, and the authors may not have
even seen the review
yet. This is dangerous territory, since the temptation is to cut and
paste the entire review
into my discuss to ensure that it isn't overlooked. Of course, the
more appropriate and
more helpful course of action is to determine which comments I
support and separate
them into non-blocking comments and discuss worthy buckets.
[Confession time: The temptation of cut-and-paste is sometimes too
strong for a mere mortal,
though. I just revised my discuss on a document from yesterday's
telechat, where I had cut
and pasted a secdir review, to separate the issues into the discuss
and comment buckets.
Knowing better isn't the same as doing better. My thanks to the
sponsoring AD, who kept
me honest and asked me to review and revise!]
I am not particularly methodical by nature, so I can't claim I
perform this exact process in
every case. However, that is a good overview of the process I try to
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