[rfc-i] RFC Editor Model: RSE Responsibilities

Ray Pelletier rpelletier at isoc.org
Tue Jan 20 03:19:05 PST 2009

On Jan 19, 2009, at 6:02 PM, Bob Hinden wrote:

> Olaf,
>>> contracts from the IASA/IAOC/IAD. But I believe the series Editor
>>> needs
>>> to be be empowered to do more than 'coordinate' the implementation  
>>> of
>>> production and publishing. He or she needs to be in a position of
>>> authority.
>>> ("You didn't apply Rule 37 to this RFC. Why not? Please fix it!")
>>> That
>>> authority can be delegated from the IAD, of course. But IMHO the
>>> Editor
>>> should be *in* the management chain, not off to one side attempting
>>> to
>>> 'coordinate' it with a long stick.
>>> s/Coordinates/Oversees/ would be enough to fix this at the level of
>>> the
>>> model.
>> Let me stress that my intention is to comprehensively word just what
>> you sketch below. I came up with the word coordinate as it suggest a
>> more active role (feet in the mud) while IMHO oversee takes more
>> distance. I think there is a huge overlap between oversee and
>> coordinate in this context.
> I agree with Brian that "coordinate" is not the right word, though I
> don't think "oversee" is it either.  I think the RSE needs to actively
> manage the implementation of production and publishing.  I think the
> word we want to describe it is in fact "manage".   From http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manage
>  :
>    1: to handle or direct with a degree of skill: as a: to make and
> keep compliant <can't manage their child> b: to treat with care :
> husband <managed his resources carefully> c: to exercise executive,
> administrative, and supervisory direction of <manage a business>
> <manage a bond issue> <manage a baseball team>

When I hear manage, I hear make assignments of work, prioritize work,  
tell them not only what to do, but how to do it.

Is that what you mean?


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