General Area Dispatch

The information below is for an older approved charter
Document Charter General Area Dispatch WG (gendispatch) Snapshot
Title General Area Dispatch
Last updated 2021-03-10
State Approved
WG State Active
IESG Responsible AD Lars Eggert
Charter Edit AD Lars Eggert
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The GENDISPATCH working group is a DISPATCH-style working group (see RFC
7957) chartered to consider proposals for new work in the GEN area, including
proposals for changes or improvements to the IETF process and process
documents. The working group is chartered to identify, or help create, an
appropriate venue for the work. The working group will not consider any
technical standardization work.

Guiding principles for the proposed new work include:

1. Providing a clear problem statement, historical context, motivation, and
deliverables for the proposed new work.

2. Ensuring there has been adequate mailing list discussion reflecting
sufficient interest, enough individuals have expressed a willingness to
contribute (if appropriate given the subject matter of the proposal) and there
is WG consensus before new work is dispatched.

3. Looking for and identifying commonalities and overlap amongst published or
ongoing work in the GEN area, within the IESG, or within the IETF LLC.

Options for handling new work include:

- Directing the work to an existing WG.

- Developing a proposal for a BOF.

- Developing a charter for a new WG.

- Making recommendations that documents be AD-sponsored (which ADs may or may
not choose to follow).

- Requesting that the the IESG or the IETF LLC consider taking up the work.

- Deferring the decision for the new work.

- Rejecting the new work.

If the group decides that a particular topic needs to be addressed by a new WG,
the normal IETF chartering process will be followed, including, for instance,
IETF-wide review of the proposed charter. Proposals for large work efforts
SHOULD lead to a BOF where the topic can be discussed in front of the entire
IETF community. Documents progressed as AD-sponsored would typically include
those that are extremely simple or make minor updates to existing process

Proposed new work may be deferred in cases where the WG does not have enough
information for the chairs to determine consensus. New work may be rejected in
cases where there is not sufficient WG interest or the proposal has been
considered and rejected in the past, unless a substantially revised proposal is
put forth, including compelling new reasons for accepting the work.

A major objective of the GENDISPATCH WG is to provide timely, clear
dispositions of new efforts. Thus, where there is consensus to take on new
work, the WG will strive to quickly find a home for it. While most new work in
the GEN area is expected to be considered in the GENDISPATCH working group,
there may be times where that is not appropriate. At the discretion of the GEN
AD, new efforts may follow other paths. For example, work may go directly to a
BOF, may be initiated in other working groups when it clearly belongs in that
group, or may be directly AD-sponsored.

Another major objective of the GENDISPATCH WG is to streamline how the IETF
community considers process improvements. Community discussions about process
suggestions that begin on other mailing lists, including, will be
redirected to the GENDISPATCH mailing list where they will be facilitated by
the WG chairs. Proponents of process improvements will be encouraged to craft
concrete proposals for discussion on the GENDISPATCH mailing list, with the
goal of producing a concrete outcome in bounded time. Direct requests to the
IESG may also, after proper consideration, be redirected to the WG. For
proposals to be considered by the WG they will be expected to meet guiding
principle #1 above.

The existence of this working group does not change the IESG's
responsibilities and discretion as described in RFC 3710. Work related to the
IAB, IRTF, and RFC Editor processes is out of scope.

A review of the efficacy of this working group will be undertaken 18-24 months
after its chartering.