At 10:11 19-03-2008, Dave Crocker wrote:
The current discussion about Nomcom activities has been sufficiently
professional and constructive in tone to prompt me to raise a particularly
Just how realistic is our belief in confidentiality for the process?
Restricting what information the nominating committee can share might
make their work more difficult as they won't be able to use their
discretion to determine which information can be used in their testimony.
Let me suggest that we at least discuss a model that begins by allowing
everything to be open, and then imposes restrictions only when there is
The process starts with a roll of a dice. That's as scientific as it
can get. From there on, subjective decisions are made as human
factors have to be considered. We rely on the integrity of the
nominating committee and the confirming body to make the right choice.
This process is both about hiring and governance. We can have an
open model to show that the process is fair. That doesn't guarantee
that the outcome will be to everyone's satisfaction or that the work
will get done.
At 08:15 20-03-2008, Eric Rosen wrote:
Nomcom is a group of people randomly selected from among a set of folks
whose only qualifications are that they want to be on nomcom and they like
traveling to meetings.
The nominating committee is the IETF's version of a democracy (sortition).
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