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IETF Guidelines for Conduct (RFC3184)

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Original Publication Date: 2001-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Nov-13
Document File: 5 page(s) / 7K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

S. Harris: AUTHOR

Abstract

This document provides a set of guidelines for personal interaction in the Internet Engineering Task Force. The Guidelines recognize the diversity of IETF participants, emphasize the value of mutual respect, and stress the broad applicability of our work.

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Network Working Group                                          S. Harris

Request for Comments: 3184                                 Merit Network

BCP: 54                                                     October 2001

Category: Best Current Practice

                      IETF Guidelines for Conduct

Status of this Memo

   This document specifies an Internet Best Current Practices for the

   Internet Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for

   improvements.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2001).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   This document provides a set of guidelines for personal interaction

   in the Internet Engineering Task Force.  The Guidelines recognize the

   diversity of IETF participants, emphasize the value of mutual

   respect, and stress the broad applicability of our work.

1. Introduction

   The work of the IETF relies on cooperation among a broad cultural

   diversity of peoples, ideas, and communication styles.  The

   Guidelines for Conduct inform our interaction as we work together to

   develop multiple, interoperable technologies for the Internet.  All

   IETF participants aim to abide by these Guidelines as we build

   consensus in person, at IETF meetings, and in e-mail.  If conflicts

   arise, we resolve them according to the procedures outlined in BCP

   25.[1]

2. Principles of Conduct

   1. IETF participants extend respect and courtesy to their colleagues

      at all times.

      IETF participants come from diverse origins and backgrounds and

      are equipped with multiple capabilities and ideals.  Regardless of

      these individual differences, participants treat their colleagues

      with respect as persons--especially when it is difficult to agree

      with them.  Seeing from another's point of view is often

      revealing, even when it fails to be compelling.

Harris                   Best Current Practice                  [Page 1]

RFC 3184              IETF Guidelines for Conduct           October 2001

      English is the de facto language of the IETF, but it is not the

      native language of many IETF participants.  Native English

      speakers attempt to speak clearly and a bit slowly and to limit

      the use of slang in order to accommodate the needs of all

      listeners.

   2. IETF participants develop and test ideas impartially, without

      finding fault with the colleague proposing the idea.

      We dispute ideas by using reasoned argument, rather than through

      intimidation or ad hominem attack.  Or, said in a somewhat more

      IETF-like way:

            "Reduce the heat and increase the light"

   3. IETF participants think globally, devising solutions that meet the

      needs of diverse technical and operational environments.

      The goal of the IETF is to maintain and enhance a working, viable,

      scalable, global Internet, and the problems we encounter are

      genuinely very difficult.  We understand that "scaling is the

      ultimate problem" and that many ideas quite workable in the small

      fail this crucial test.  IETF participants use their best

      engineering judgment to find the best solution for the whole

      Internet, not just the best solution for any particular network,

      technology, vendor, or user.  We follow the intellectual property

      guidelines outlined in BCP 9.[2]

   4. Individuals who attend Wo...