IETF Guidelines for Conduct (RFC3184)
Original Publication Date: 2001-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-13
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
This document provides a set of guidelines for personal interaction in the Internet Engineering Task Force. This document specifies an Internet Best Current Practices for the Internet Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for improvements.
Network Working Group S. Harris Request for Comments: 3184 Merit Network BCP: 54 October 2001 Category: Best Current Practice
IETF Guidelines for Conduct
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
4. Individuals who attend Wo...