[uf-discuss] inappropriate behaviour (was: Discussion of public
domain declaration template usage)
Christopher St John
ckstjohn at gmail.com
Thu Aug 2 22:56:00 PDT 2007
On 8/3/07, Ben Buchanan <microformats at 200ok.com.au> wrote:
> The informal approach worked well when the community was new and
> smaller, but now that it's ramping up it doesn't seem to be coping.
> I'm not claiming there's an easy answer, but we should start by
> accepting there's a problem.
The IETF, that master of rough consensus and running code, is often sited as
an example of a group that is good at lightweight standards development. And it
is. But a closer look shows that "lightweight process" is not at all the same as
"no process whatsoever."
A quick read through the home page for the The Internet Engineering Steering
Group shows that there is quite a lot of hard-won wisdom about how groups
of grown-ups cooperate to produce a standard. The IETF process is not
without problems, and I'm not suggesting it's something that should be
copied, but it is a good example of how some real governance is necessary
even for a very results-focused group of engineers.
 And/or prickly unsocialized prima donna engineers pretending to
be grown-ups :-)
Christopher St. John
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