Eligibility for the 2020-2021 Nominating Committee
RFC 8788

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                          B. Leiba
Request for Comments: 8788                        FutureWei Technologies
BCP: 10                                                         May 2020
Category: Best Current Practice                                         
ISSN: 2070-1721

           Eligibility for the 2020-2021 Nominating Committee

Abstract

   The 2020-2021 Nominating Committee (NomCom) is to be formed between
   the IETF 107 and IETF 108 meetings, 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 any rules or processes that relate to NomCom
   eligibility before IETF 108; it does not set a precedent to be
   applied in the future.

Status of This Memo

   This memo documents an Internet Best Current Practice.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction
   2.  Background
   3.  Eligibility for the 2020-2021 Nominating Committee
   4.  IANA Considerations
   5.  Security Considerations
   6.  References
     6.1.  Normative References
     6.2.  Informative References
   Author's Address

1.  Introduction

   The COVID-19 outbreak, which at the time of this writing was declared
   a global pandemic [PANDEMIC], has resulted in the cancellation of the
   in-person IETF 107 meeting [CANCEL107].  This resulted in its
   conversion to a virtual meeting with a limited agenda and remote
   participation only [VIRTUAL107].

   The 2020-2021 Nominating Committee (NomCom) is to be formed between
   the IETF 107 and IETF 108 meetings, 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.  That interpretation will apply to
   the seating of that NomCom and to any rules or processes that relate
   to NomCom eligibility before the scheduled time for IETF 108.

2.  Background

   Section 4.14 of [RFC8713] (BCP 10) 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 2020, 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.

   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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