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The Tao of IETF - A Guide for New Attendees of the Internet Engineering Task Force (RFC1539)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002370D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 17 page(s) / 45K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

G. Malkin: AUTHOR

Abstract

Over the last two years, the attendance at Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Plenary meetings has grown phenomenally. Approximately 38% of the attendees are new to the IETF at each meeting. About 33% of those go on to become regular attendees. When the meetings were smaller, it wasn't very difficult for a newcomer to get to know people and get into the swing of things. Today, however, a newcomer meets many more new people, some previously known only as the authors of Request For Comments (RFC) documents or thought provoking email messages.

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Network Working Group G. Malkin

Request for Comments: 1539 Xylogics, Inc.

Obsoletes: 1391 October 1993

FYI: 17

Category: Informational

The Tao of IETF

A Guide for New Attendees of the Internet Engineering Task Force

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is

unlimited.

Abstract

Over the last two years, the attendance at Internet Engineering Task

Force (IETF) Plenary meetings has grown phenomenally. Approximately

38% of the attendees are new to the IETF at each meeting. About 33%

of those go on to become regular attendees. When the meetings were

smaller, it wasn't very difficult for a newcomer to get to know

people and get into the swing of things. Today, however, a newcomer

meets many more new people, some previously known only as the authors

of Request For Comments (RFC) documents or thought provoking email

messages.

The purpose of this For Your Information (FYI) RFC is to explain to

the newcomers how the IETF works. This will give them a warm, fuzzy

feeling and enable them to make the meeting more productive for

everyone. This FYI will also provide the mundane bits of information

which everyone who attends an IETF meeting should know.

Acknowledgments

The IETF Secretariat is made up of the following people: Steve Coya

(Executive Director of the IETF), Cynthia Clark, Lois Keiper, Debra

Legare, John Stewart, and Megan Davies Walnut. These are the people

behind the Registration Table, and the success, of the IETF meetings.

I thank them for their hard work, and for their input and review of

this document. Thanks also to Vinton Cerf, Christian Huitema, and

Jon Postel for their review and comments. And, as always, special

thanks to April Marine and Joyce Reynolds.

Table of Contents

Section 1 - The "Fun" Stuff

What is the IETF? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Humble Beginnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

The Hierarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

IETF Mailing Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Newcomers' Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Dress Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Seeing Spots Before Your Eyes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Terminal Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Social Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Agenda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Other General Things . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Section 2 - The "You've got to know it" Stuff

Registration Bullets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

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