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The Tao of IETF - A Guide for New Attendees of the Internet Engineering Task Force (RFC1718)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003965D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 18 page(s) / 47K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

The IETF Secretariat: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Over the last two years, the attendance at Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) plenary meetings has grown phenomenally. Approximately one third of the attendees are new to the IETF at each meeting, and many of those go on to become regular attendees. When the meetings were smaller, it wasn't very difficult for a newcomer to get into the swing of things. Today, however, a newcomer meets many more new people, some previously known only as the authors of documents or thought provoking e-mail messages.

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Network Working Group IETF Secretariat

Request for Comments: 1718 CNRI

Obsoletes: 1539, 1391 G. Malkin

FYI: 17 Xylogics, Inc.

Category: Informational November 1994

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

one third of the attendees are new to the IETF at each meeting, and

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

were smaller, it wasn't very difficult for a newcomer to get into the

swing of things. Today, however, a newcomer meets many more new

people, some previously known only as the authors of documents or

thought provoking e-mail 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.

On-line Availability

Due to the nature of this document, it can become outdated quite

quickly. To overcome this problem, a WorldWide Web version has been

created that is constantly maintained (the URL is listed below). If

you have a WWW client (such as Mosaic), it is suggested that you view

the on-line version in lieu of this document. This document will be

republished as an FYI RFC every year to year-and-a-half to help those

who do not have access to the WorldWide Web.

URL for this document: .

URL for IETF: .

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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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

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

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

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

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

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