The Jabber Scribe Role at IETF Meetings
RFC 7649

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Independent Submission                                    P. Saint-Andre
Request for Comments: 7649                                          &yet
Category: Informational                                          D. York
ISSN: 2070-1721                                         Internet Society
                                                          September 2015

                The Jabber Scribe Role at IETF Meetings

Abstract

   During IETF meetings, individual volunteers often help sessions run
   more smoothly by relaying information back and forth between the
   physical meeting room and an associated textual chatroom.  Such
   volunteers are commonly called "Jabber scribes".  This document
   summarizes experience with the Jabber scribe role and provides some
   suggestions for fulfilling the role at IETF meetings.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for informational purposes.

   This is a contribution to the RFC Series, independently of any other
   RFC stream.  The RFC Editor has chosen to publish this document at
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   Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

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Saint-Andre & York            Informational                     [Page 1]
RFC 7649                   Jabber Scribe Role             September 2015

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................2
   2. Know Your Users .................................................3
   3. Know Yourself ...................................................4
   4. Primary Tasks ...................................................4
   5. Additional Tasks ................................................5
   6. Suggestions .....................................................6
      6.1. Getting Set Up with Jabber .................................6
      6.2. Before the Session Begins ..................................6
      6.3. As the Session Is Starting .................................7
      6.4. During the Session .........................................8
      6.5. As the Session Is Ending ...................................9
   7. Advanced Tips ...................................................9
   8. Dealing with Abusive or Inappropriate Behavior .................10
   9. Reporting Problems at the Meeting Venue ........................10
   10. Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) ............................11
   11. Security Considerations .......................................11
   12. References ....................................................11
      12.1. Normative References .....................................11
      12.2. Informative References ...................................12
   Acknowledgements ..................................................12
   Authors' Addresses ................................................12

1.  Introduction

   During IETF meetings, individual volunteers often help sessions run
   more smoothly by relaying information back and forth between the
   physical meeting room and an associated textual chatroom.  Because
   these chatrooms are currently implemented using Jabber/XMPP
   technologies (see [RFC6120] and [XEP-0045]), the role is commonly
   referred to as that of a "Jabber scribe" (however, nothing prevents
   the IETF from using some other technology for chatrooms in the future
   or from discontinuing the use of chatrooms entirely).

   This role is important because it is the primary way for a remote
   attendee to provide feedback or comments back into most IETF meeting
   sessions.  Although there are multiple ways that a remote attendee
   can listen and follow along, the chatroom provides a method of
   returning feedback to the physical meeting in something close to real
   time.  These methods hold true for IETF working group sessions, IRTF
   research group sessions, IETF "birds of a feather" (BoF) sessions,
   and similar sessions at IETF meetings.
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