facilitators at ietf <at> ietf.org
IETF Chair <chair <at> ietf.org>
2014-09-23 12:40:11 GMT
In July, we had a discussion both on this list and at the plenary about this list, moderation, discussion
styles, tools, and participation in last call and other discussions.
We need to continue thinking about the role of this list and other bigger issues, but I plan to make one small
action regarding the list discussions now: adding facilitators. Or to be more exact, delegating some of
the facilitation role that I have to additional persons. Occasionally, discussions on the list get
heated, repetitive, or unnecessarily personal. When that happens, I have found that quick responses on
the list or to the persons often resolves the situation, and productive discussion can continue.
However, I am also finding that it is difficult for me personally to stay on top the threads in real time, and
late reactions are not as useful. As a result, I plan to ask two persons to help monitor the discussion and
steer it towards the most useful avenues.
This is not a change with regards to roles of ADs/shepherds and last calls, or a change to how we deal with
disruptive or inappropriate postings, such as PR-actions, sergeant-at-arms, or our spam tools. All
those mechanisms will stay in place. The facilitators will not be able to moderate or block posting from
anyone (except by reporting issues to the sergeant-at-arms, just like the rest of us can).
Comments appreciated, as always.