Alternative Decision Making Processes for Consensus-Blocked Decisions in the IETF
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From: The IESG <email@example.com> To: IETF-Announce <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: Internet Architecture Board <email@example.com>, RFC Editor <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Document Action: 'Alternative Decision Making Processes for Consensus-blocked Decisions in the IETF' to Experimental RFC The IESG has approved the following document: - 'Alternative Decision Making Processes for Consensus-blocked Decisions in the IETF ' <draft-hardie-alt-consensus-03.txt> as an Experimental RFC This document has been reviewed in the IETF but is not the product of an IETF Working Group. The IESG contact person is Harald Alvestrand. A URL of this Internet-Draft is: http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-hardie-alt-consensus-03.txt
Technical Summary This document proposes an experimental set of alternative decision-making processes for use in IETF working groups. There are a small number of cases in IETF working groups in which the group has come to consensus that a particular decision must be made but cannot come to consensus on the decision itself. This document describes alternative mechanisms which can be used to come to a decision in those cases. This is not meant to provide an exhaustive list, but to provide a known set of tools which can be used when required. Working Group Summary Discussion on various mailing lists has elicited a number of comments indicating that the procedures in this document are useless or of marginal utility, because in a deadlocked situation, one would not be able to get consensus to use them. We have seen no compelling argument that their availability would be harmful. People also stressed the importance of stressing that these procedures are a SUPPLEMENT to the normal consensus process. They do not in any way replace them. This document had a 4-week IETF Last Call. Protocol Quality This document was reviewed for the IESG by Harald Alvestrand.