[rfc-i] RFC Series Editor -- Job Description

Brian E Carpenter brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com
Tue Nov 30 19:02:57 PST 2010

> The RSE reports to a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).

Why *one* member? Would the RSE not take the liaison slot on the IAB?

   Brian Carpenter

On 2010-12-01 09:10, Dave CROCKER wrote:
> Folks,
> Based on the draft(s) and various discussions on and off the list, I
> think it might help to view the RSE job as in terms of how it would be
> described to a potential candidate.  This requires characterizing duties
> in terms of responsibilities, authorities, constraints and
> accountabilities.
> I circulated the previous version of this to a few folk who claimed that
> it did not look entirely silly, so I've revised it to try to reflect the
> latest discussions and offer it herewith.
> When comments concern details of the description, it will help to
> include alternative phrasing.  That is, where possible, please try to
> treat this as a specification editing exercise...
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> RFC Series Editor -- Job Description
>      [[  This is intended to explain the job to prospective candidates.  ]]
>      [[  It is not a complete description of the RFC Editor service.     ]]
> The Internet community has published a freely-available, online series of
> technical memos, known as Requests for Comments (RFCs), since 1969. 
> RFCs range
> widely in their coverage, from minutes of technical meetings, to formally
> approved Internet standards, to documentation of technical paths not
> taken, to
> humor.  RFCs are edited, published and archived by the RFC Editor service.
> Approximately 6000 documents are in the RFC archive, with a flow of
> approximately 30 new documents per month.
> The RFC Series Editor (RSE) is the primary point of contact and has overall
> responsibility for the RFC Editor service, covering the entire range of its
> activities and including pursuit of enhancements to it.  In this role,
> the RSE
> must assess and be responsive to the needs of RFC authors and users
> (readers and
> others), as well as supervise the on-going efforts of the Production
> staff who
> prepare documents, and Publisher staff who archive documents and make them
> available online.  The RSE ensures adequate service performance
> according to
> typical operations measurements, such as quality, reliability and
> efficiency,
> and handles problem escalations, as well as pursuing changes to improve
> performance, as needed.
> The RSE reports to a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB). 
> An RFC
> Oversight Committee (RFCOC) provides formal, on-going review, guidance and
> assistance to the RSE.  Major decisions are pursued through
> advice-and-consent
> with the RFCOC and require IAB approval; they might also require
> assessment of
> broad-based community support.  The RSE may choose to recruit informal
> assistance from community experts, as needed.
> The contents of RFCs originate in one of several editorial Streams, such as
> the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Stream and an Independent
> Stream.
> Each Stream is primarily responsible for the content of its RFCs and has
> review
> processes in place to ensure the quality of that.  The RSE works closely
> with
> the Streams, to ensure that RFC Editor policies and procedures are
> responsive to
> the needs of the Streams and that the Streams are conforming to these
> policies
> and procedures.
> In the case of cross-stream disagreements, the RSE arbitrates the
> first-level
> of resolution effort.  The RSE's decisions may be appealed to the IAB.
> Activities of the RFC Editor, functional activities within the RFC
> Editor, and
> the requirements for documents submitted to the RFC Editor are each
> described
> in related style, policies and procedures manuals.  Their content is
> developed
> by the RSE, with advice and consent of the RFCOC, as well as input from
> the Streams.
> The RSE identifies and documents the different constituencies that consume
> RFCs, such as product developers, other standards groups, and library
> services.  The RSE works with them to ensure their familiarity with the
> details of the Series and that RFC Editor services are responsive to the
> needs
> of these consumers.  This includes specifying enhancements to the RFC
> Editor
> online services and possible enhancement to the form or style of RFCs.
> Initial engagement for the job of RFC Series Editor will be for two years.
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> d/

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