[rfc-i] Now tell me how to communicate this as effectively in plaintext

SM sm at resistor.net
Thu Apr 26 07:14:40 PDT 2012

Hi Phillip,
At 05:03 26-04-2012, Phillip Hallam-Baker wrote:
>proposal is idiotic'. And then there is the old 'do we really think we
>can do better than all those who have gone before us and failed to do
>this in the past'.

If a past failure is not documented, it did not happen. :-)

>When I started going to IETF fifteen years ago I was one of the
>youngest present. By now about a third to half of the engineers should
>be younger than me but in the security area at least I don't see very

If I recall correctly, this is the first time I see such a comment on 
one of the mailing lists.

>In the property business there is a saying 'a house sells on its frond
>door'. If the house looks right on the outside it will sell even with
>a bad surveyors report. If the front door is cheap or needs paint
>people take that as a sign of the condition of the rest of the house.

I see the point you were trying to make.

>The RFC format is the front door of the IETF and it is not very welcoming.

There may be a path to change that (and before you ask, I don't have 
the answer).


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