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RE: Nomcom process realities of "confidentiality"

2008-03-20 07:30:39

        As a clarification, the NomCom is a small crucible of 
specially-empowered volunteers.  The fact that one has to be
a volunteer explicitly makes it the case that self-selection
is a factor in at least the initial phase.

        Hence it is very much the case that people who feel 
excessively unqualified may elect not to volunteer.  

        Also, it is the case that the processes within NomCom
are very open to sharing experience within the self-selected
group of people who probably felt capable of making personnel
selection decisions before volunteering.

Eric Gray
Principal Engineer

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:ietf-bounces(_at_)ietf(_dot_)org] On 
Behalf Of Dave Crocker
Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2008 2:35 AM
To: Noel Chiappa
Cc: ietf(_at_)ietf(_dot_)org
Subject: Re: Nomcom process realities of "confidentiality"

Noel Chiappa wrote:
    On Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 10:11:09AM -0700, Dave Crocker wrote:
    > ... the conduct of Nomcom processes tends
    > towards pretty classic personnel assessment, but with people
    > typically lacking classic personnel training or experience. 

This would be different from a normal election... how? :-)

Well, skipping over the smiley and the entirely accurate 
implication that a 
voting population mostly comprises people without this sort 
of assessment 
expertise, I'll observe that a Nomcom is a small crucible of 

The dynamics on Nomcom members (and Liaisons and Confirming 
Bodies) are 
considerably more intense than on an individual voter.


ps.  But yeah, this is a topic ripe for humor.  If only it 
also were not so ripe 
for misunderstanding and distraction.  And I've already received some 
well-intensioned private email demonstrating how easy it is 
to miss the point I 
was trying to make.


   Dave Crocker
   Brandenburg InternetWorking
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