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Re: Confirming vs. second-guessing

2008-03-17 19:18:33

On Mar 17, 2008, at 8:08 PM, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:

Try this one, quite non-hypothetical: a candidate for the IESG is
contemplating switching jobs.  His or her current employer does not  
know this.  It has a clear bearing on whether or not that person can  
the job of AD, but equally clearly should not be broadcast to the  

Indeed.  And this is one of the concerns with the confirming body
seeing information as well.  For example, assume that a willing
nominee for a given AD position wishes to complain about the
incumbent AD in their questionnaire and where the incumbent
went wrong with the area, and they both work same employer.
The willing nominee decides that providing some detailed
information on the issues at hand to the NomCom is fine because
it will be kept in confidence.  However, what they don't realize is
that there are folks on the confirming body that also work for that
employer, and they'd be reluctant (for any of an array of reasons)
to share that feedback if they knew those folks within their company
would see it..   This would apply equally in SMB's scenario.

Same sort of issue, quite plausible, methinks.

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