[rfc-i] Some questions on the model and the motivations

Russ Housley housley at vigilsec.com
Mon Jan 3 16:52:49 PST 2011


I would be happy with the following information from each item in the list provided by Glenn.

- Based on his experience as TRSE, what is the likelihood of this particular thing becoming a problem in the near-term.
- If it does become a problem while the RSE seat is empty, who will have to act (RSAG, IAB, someone else) to handle the issue.

This information will help us all understand the risk that we take if the RSE seat is empty for weeks, for months, ...


On Jan 3, 2011, at 12:42 PM, Joel M. Halpern wrote:

> I presume I am misreading your amplification Russ.
> My problem is that as I read it, the only answer I could see would be the construction of a full alternative model, specifying where all tasks would be performed, how controls and interactions would be handled, and all of the moving parts thereof.  As both you and Olaf understand that would be a major task, that can not be what you are asking him to provide.  (If the IAB wishes to assign a task of that magnitude to Glenn, I would presume that they would discuss it with him.)
> What am I missing?
> Thank you,
> Joel
> On 1/3/2011 10:16 AM, Russ Housley wrote:
>>  Glenn:
>>>> 1.b) Suppose we would redesign the model to get rid of the RSE, what responsibilities would need to be assigned ownership, where would you assign those responsibilities in the current 'greater IETF'?
>>> I do not believe this would be wise and do not have a recommendation for doing so.  If I had been
>>> able  to find a way to do this without an RSE I would have recommended. Since this is contrary to
>>> the way the Editor has operated for the last 40 years, we are entering unknown, and potentially risky,
>>> territory.
>> This comes across as a flip answer.  I really think it deserves a more.
>> RFC 5260 in Section 3.1 considers two very different approaches for selection of an RSE.  A third was considered while writing RFC 5260 that made the RSE position part of the production center.  Since the exact nature of the position has been so elusive, I think that Olaf asked a question that needs a well considered answer.
>> Further, in your response to 1.a, you provide a list of things that might go wrong if the RSE seat is left empty.  But, you do not answer the second part of Olaf's question which is closely related to this question.  Olaf asked: "... what would the community notice in weeks, months, and years?"  I'd like to see your thoughts on that, and I'd like to expand Olaf's question.  If the RSE seat is empty, would the whole job fall to the IAB, or is there some portion of the job could easily be handled by the RSAG without too much interaction with the IAB?
>> Russ
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