[rfc-i] Short summary of IAB discussion

Dave CROCKER dhc at dcrocker.net
Mon Jan 10 09:20:10 PST 2011

On 1/10/2011 2:32 AM, Olaf Kolkman wrote:
> I believe there is a big difference between strategic I* folks being that are
> 'donated' by sponsoring organizations and ISOC hiring strategic staff on
> behalf of the 'greater IETF'.  Jon Postel was a leader/strategist by nature,
> he and all RFC Editors assumed strategic responsibility implicitly.

The Chairs have always been selected, and it's been very formal for a very long 

That a company donates the funding is important in some ways, but does not 
change the nature of the position's responsibilities.

> I am not spending very many words on this because I believe that we all agree
> that a strategic role is needed and that a discussion about the above might
> be distractive.

In fact I think there is a basic confusion between tactical work and strategic 
work.  The interest in having the RSE edit documents and otherwise perform 
low-level, tactical tasks reflects the former.  The interest in having the RSE 
provide higher-level management, focus on developing proposals and support for 
enhancements, and the like, are examples reflects the latter.

> Clarification question, to make sure I understand we are talking about the
> same: "The change being proposed" is the change that Paul proposes?



   Dave Crocker
   Brandenburg InternetWorking

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