Eligibility for the 2020-2021 Nominating Committee
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           Eligibility for the 2020-2021 Nominating Committee
                 draft-iesg-nomcom-eligibility-2020-00

Abstract

   The 2020-2021 Nominating Committee (NomCom) needs to be formed
   between IETF 107 and IETF 108, and the issue of eligibility of who
   can serve on that NomCom needs clarification.  This document provides
   a one-time interpretation of the eligibility rules that is required
   for the exceptional situation of the cancellation of the in-person
   IETF 107 meeting.  This document only affects the seating of the
   2020-2021 NomCom, and does not set a precedent for the future.

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1.  Introduction

   The COVID-19 outbreak, which at the time of this writing has been
   declared a global pandemic [PANDEMIC], has resulted in the
   cancellation of the in-person IETF 107 meeting [CANCEL107], resulting
   in its conversion to a limited-agenda virtual meeting, with remote
   participation only.

   The 2020-2021 Nominating Committee (NomCom) needs to be formed
   between IETF 107 and IETF 108, and the issue of eligibility of who
   can serve on that NomCom needs clarification: a one-time
   interpretation of the eligibility rules is required for this
   particular exceptional situation, given the tight timeframe for
   seating this year's NomCom.

2.  Background

   Section 4.14 of BCP 10 [RFC8713] includes these requirements for
   eligibility:

      Members of the IETF community must have attended at least three of
      the last five IETF meetings in order to volunteer.

      The five meetings are the five most recent meetings that ended
      prior to the date on which the solicitation for NomCom volunteers
      was submitted for distribution to the IETF community.

   On 13 March a message was posted to the IETF discussion list
   [SOLICITINPUT], suggesting two possible interpretations and asking
   for community input that might include suggesting other
   interpretations.  Discussion over the subsequent two weeks centered
   around three:

   1.  Do not count IETF 107 at all, for the purpose of NomCom
       eligibility, as BCP 10 clearly refers to in-person meetings only.
       NomCom eligibility would, therefore, be based on attendance at
       IETFs 102 through 106.

   2.  Do not have anyone lose eligibility because of IETF 107, but do
       count someone as having attended 107, for the purpose of NomCom
       eligibility, if that person attended the IETF 107 virtual meeting
       (signed the electronic blue sheet).  People could thus gain
       eligibility from IETF 107, but could not lose eligibility from
       it, and eligibility would be based on attendance at IETFs 102
       through 107.

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   3.  Count virtual attendance at IETF 107 and consider IETF 107 as one
       of the last five meetings, so that NomCom eligibility would be
       based on attendance at IETFs 103 through 107.

   In judging rough consensus the IESG has considered the arguments and
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