[rfc-i] Fwd: New Version Notification for draft-flanagan-plaintext-00.txt

Dearlove, Christopher (UK) chris.dearlove at baesystems.com
Thu Jun 26 08:09:28 PDT 2014

I think being well-intentioned ought to go without saying. Just in case it's not, I think everyone is well intentioned.

Christopher Dearlove
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Communications, Networks and Image Analysis Capability
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From: Dave Crocker [mailto:dhc at dcrocker.net] 
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To: Dearlove, Christopher (UK); Julian Reschke; Thomas Clausen
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Subject: Re: [rfc-i] Fwd: New Version Notification for draft-flanagan-plaintext-00.txt

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On 6/24/2014 6:11 AM, Dearlove, Christopher (UK) wrote:
> They assume that no one will do something that seriously reduces functionality. They trust people who are involved to do the right things.

There is a difference between being well-intentioned and 'doing the right thing'.

For one person, the right thing is writing raw xml in a basic text editor.  For another it is writing simple ascii text in Word.  Those operational choices lead to wildly different preferences in group design discussions.

What is really needed is empathy by participants, to appreciate preferences beyond their own, and an effort to balance diverse preferences reasonably.

We're not very good at that.

Dave Crocker
Brandenburg InternetWorking

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