We had two discussions related to producing IETF documents. One concerned the “updates” tag and its many interpretations. Given that we have not managed to find community consensus about what it means, Internet AD Suresh Krishnan will be writing up a draft proposing to retire the “updates” tag and replace it with a new set of tags each with more specific semantics.
The other document discussion related to an idea for an experiment proposing a new, non-archival, non-RFC document type. The idea here is fairly simple: allow working group chairs, perhaps with AD approval, to create web pages with a common format that state the current target for implementation or deployment for specific protocols. Some people might recognize the similarities of this to other organizations’ “living documents,” although that moniker is perhaps not the best fit to describe the idea. Operations AD Warren Kumari and Internet Architecture Board Chair Ted Hardie are going to work together to flesh out the experiment proposal more fully for discussion with the community.
As far as improving IETF meetings, we reviewed the feedback on the Technology Deep Dive - Modern Router Architecture session at IETF 104 and discussed the focus and potential topics for similar sessions on other topics going forward, including web server/CDN architecture, the evolution of global interdomain routing, and DNS architecture. We also discussed recent agenda experiments and settled on a plan for IETF 105.
Finally, we had a couple of discussions concerning how people relate to one another in the community. Since IETF 103 we have been discussing with the working group chairs what we can all do to inspire more collegial behavior in the IETF. We reviewed the feedback we received from the chairs at IETF 104 and identified two potential areas to further pursue: developing a common understanding of behaviors to encourage and discourage, and exploring the possibility of regular training for the IETF leadership and working group chairs about how to manage behavior in a group. Applications and Real-Time AD Barry Leiba will be working with Roman to follow up on these items. We also discussed the request we all received to AD-sponsor a draft amending the IETF recall process and the discussion threads that have emerged from that request. As noted earlier this week, we setup a mailing list and identified IESG leads to help guide that discussion.
As always, the IESG is open to input and feedback from the community, about these topics or any others. You can reach us at email@example.com.