Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) S. Moonesamy, Ed.
Request for Comments: 7154 March 2014
Category: Best Current Practice
IETF Guidelines for Conduct
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.
This document is an updated version of the guidelines for conduct
originally published in RFC 3184.
Status of This Memo
This memo documents an Internet Best Current Practice.
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(IETF). It represents the consensus of the IETF community. It has
received public review and has been approved for publication by the
Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). Further information on
BCPs is available in Section 2 of RFC 5741.
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The work of the IETF relies on cooperation among a diverse range of
people with different ideas and communication styles. The IETF
strives, through these guidelines for conduct, to create and maintain
an environment in which every person is treated with dignity,
decency, and respect. People who participate in the IETF are
expected to behave in a professional manner as we work together to
develop interoperable technologies for the Internet. We aim to abide
by these guidelines as we build consensus in person and through email
discussions. If conflicts arise, they are resolved according to the
procedures outlined in RFC 2026 [RFC2026].
This document obsoletes RFC 3184 [RFC3184], as it is an updated
version of the guidelines for conduct.
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1. IETF participants extend respect and courtesy to their colleagues
at all times.
IETF participants come from diverse origins and backgrounds; there
can be different expectations or assumptions. Regardless of these
individual differences, participants treat their colleagues with
respect as persons especially when it is difficult to agree with
them: treat other participants as you would like to be treated.
English is the de facto language of the IETF. However, it is not
the native language of many IETF participants. All participants,
particularly those with English as a first language, attempt to
accommodate the needs of other participants by communicating
clearly, including speaking slowly and limiting the use of slang.
When faced with English that is difficult to understand, IETF
participants make a sincere effort to understand each other and
engage in conversation to clarify what was meant.