The Dispatch working group is chartered to consider proposals for new work in the RAI area and identify, or help create, an appropriate venue for the work. Options for handling new work include:
- Directing the work to an existing WG. - Developing a proposal for a BOF. - Developing a charter and establishing consensus for a new WG or Exploratory Group. This option will primarily be used with fairly mature and well-defined efforts. - Rejecting and deferring work.
A major objective of the DISPATCH WG is to provide timely, clear dispositions of new efforts. Where there is consensus to take on new work, the WG will strive to quickly find a home for it. Reconsideration of proposals which have failed to gather consensus will be prioritized behind proposals for new work which have not yet been considered. In general, requests for reconsideration should only be made once a proposal has been significantly revised.
Guiding principles will include:
1. Providing a clear problem statement for proposed new work.
2. Prioritizing new efforts so that RAI does not take on more work than it can effectively complete.
3. Looking for commonalities among ongoing development efforts. Such commonalities may indicate the need to develop more general, reusable components.
4. Protecting the architectural integrity of RAI protocols and ensuring that work has general applicability.
If the group decides that a particular topic needs to be addressed by a new or existing WG, the normal IETF chartering process will be followed, including, for instance, IETF-wide review of the proposed changes. Proposal for large work efforts SHOULD lead to a BOF where the topic can be discussed in front of the entire IETF community.
Prior experience in RAI, particularly in SIPPING, indicates that the activities described here are significantly hindered when trying to complete the identified protocol work items in the same venue. The DISPATCH working group will not direct protocol work to itself.