[rfc-i] RFC Editor Model discussions
iab-chair at iab.org
Fri Aug 30 09:41:09 PDT 2019
As you will have seen from the RSOC's message to the community, the RSOC
is seeking input on an SOW for a temporary RFC Project Manager focused
on the tactical aspects of the RSE position, in order to allow for a
community process considering changes to the RFC Editor Model to complete.
If the community supports moving forward with that approach, a key
question becomes how to ensure that the evolution process completes
successfully and in a timely fashion. There are several choices of how
to proceed, each of which has differences in who convenes the process,
who manages it, and who calls consensus. Among the choices would be an
open membership IAB program, an IETF GEN area working group, or a group
convened from within the RFC Editor system itself (e.g. by the stream
In order to ensure that we have feedback on the structure of the
community process, Heather will convene three interim meetings prior to
IETF 106, each intended to allow those from different time zones to
participate. The tentative plan is for a September 13th meeting to be
targeted at Americas-friendly time zones, for a September 30th meeting
to be targeted at European and African time zones, and for a meeting
over the October 17th/October 18th date to be targeted at Pacific and
Asian time zones. Exact times and logistical details will be provided
as soon as possible.
After these initial meetings, there will be a meeting held at IETF 106
to discuss a proposal for the structure of the community process. That
meeting will again be convened by Heather, possibly with a co-chair.
List confirmation or further discussion of any tentative conclusions
will take place on the rfc-interest at rfc-editor.org
<mailto:rfc-interest at rfc-editor.org>mailing list.
These steps to establish community consensus for a specific process are
somewhat unusual, and the IAB recognizes that adding them may slow the
overall process. We believe, however, that they are needed given the
community concerns raised to date. We also hope that clear community
consensus for the process used will arise, and that this will help
ensure that the eventual results of the process are acceptable to the
community as a whole.
for the IAB
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