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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: 2019-Feb-12
Document File: 23 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

IETF Secretariat: AUTHOR [+1]

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC1718: DOI

Abstract

The purpose of this For Your Information (FYI) RFC is to explain to the newcomers how the IETF works. This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard. [FYI 17]

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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Due to the nature of this document, it can become outdated quite quickly.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: <http://www.ietf.cnri.reston.va.us/tao.html>. URL for IETF: <http://www.ietf.cnri.reston.va.us/home.html>.

Internet Engineering Task Force [Page 1]

RFC 1718 The Tao of IETF November 1994

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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Section 2 - The "You’ve got to know it" Stuff Registration Bullets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Mailing Lists and Archives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Important E-mail Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 IETF Proceedings ....

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