[rfc-i] RFC Format BoF

Dave Crocker dhc at dcrocker.net
Wed Mar 14 13:16:42 PDT 2012

On 3/14/2012 1:08 PM, Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) wrote:
> Hi all -
> It's almost recursive: this is a message about the format of the RFC
> Format BoF.   As mentioned in an earlier post, I want the BoF to be
> informal, with the audience providing the information.  I do not want it
> to be so informal that we devolve in to food fights and dart gun wars
> (we can save that for another time).  So, in order to find a balance and
> to effectively use our hour, we will be structuring the BoF as a series
> of lightning talks with a general introduction.
> Individuals who wish to present their concerns and suggestions regarding
> images and internationalization


I'm not exactly sure what will be accomplished by lightening talks, other than 
possible entertainment.  In conferences, such talks are good for exposing people 
to an idea and possibly for generating some interest in the idea.  The problem, 
here, is that we are supposed to move towards making choices.

We have two venues for meeting.  One is email and the other is face-to-face. 
Email is good for presenting information and quite poor for negotiation.  F2F 
can be quite good for presentations, of course, but it's also good for negotiation.

We ought to find a way for the f2f to be used for its unique benefit.

Imagine an alternative format:

1. People with positions to express express them via email prior to xxx.

2. The meeting is divided into discussions about positions for specific topics.

Just a thought...



   Dave Crocker
   Brandenburg InternetWorking

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