A Definition of the Term "Soon" for Use in Discussions with Working Group Chairs and Area Directors
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Internet Engineering Task Force                                A. Farrel
Internet-Draft                                          Juniper Networks
Intended status: Informational                         February 21, 2017
Expires: August 25, 2017

  A Definition of the Term "Soon" for Use in Discussions with Working
                    Group Chairs and Area Directors
                          draft-farrel-soon-04

Abstract

   Many discussions with IETF Area Directors and Working Group Chairs
   utilize the word "soon" to qualify a commitment to action.  This
   document attempts to provide a definition of that term so that common
   expectations may be realistically set.

Requirements Language

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
   document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119].

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  We Are All Volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  The Kompella Time-Dilation Effect . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   4.  Possible Interpretation of the Term 'Soon'  . . . . . . . . .   3
   5.  Optimism Is the Curse of the Drinking Man . . . . . . . . . .   4
   6.  Towards A Definitive Meaning  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   7.  Guidance in the Use of This Term  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   8.  Boilerplate for Inclusion in All Communications . . . . . . .   5
   9.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   10. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     10.1.  Privacy Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   11. Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   12. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     12.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     12.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7

1.  Introduction

   In everyday exchanges between IETF participants and those with IETF
   management roles (for example, Area Directors and Working Group
   Chairs) commitments are often made to deliver actions.

   For example, a Working Group Chair may say "I will issue a working
   group last call on this document," or an Area Director could say "I
   will process your publication request and review your document."
   Alternatively, a document author might say "I will produce a new
   revision of this document," and a participant sometimes says "I will
   provide more details / suggested text / a follow-up review."

   In all of these interactions it is common for the speaker to offer
   some expected completion time for the action.  Sometimes this is
   expressed in elapsed time (for example, "I will do this within the
   next two lunar cycles"), frequently it is stated with reference to an
   absolute point in time (such as, "I will do this by the third Sunday
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