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Network Working Group                                       M. Wasserman
Internet-Draft                                                ThingMagic
Expires: August 8, 2004                                 February 8, 2004


   Update to RFC 2418 Regarding the Management of IETF Mailing Lists
                draft-wasserman-rfc2418-ml-update-00.txt

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Abstract

   This document is an update to RFC 2418 that gives WG chairs explicit
   responsibility for managing WG mailing lists. In particular, it gives
   WG chairs the authority to temporarily suspend the mailing list
   posting privileges of disruptive individuals.












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1. Introduction

   As written, RFC 2418 [1] gives WG chairs more authority to manage
   face-to-face discussions than to manage mailing list discussions.  In
   face-to-face meetings, the WG chair has the authority "to refuse to
   grant the floor to any individual who is unprepared or otherwise
   covering inappropriate material, or who, in the opinion of the Chair
   is disrupting the WG process."  However, RFC 2418 does not give the
   WG chair the authority to suspend the mailing list posting privileges
   of an individual who is similarly disrupting WG mailing list
   discussions.  RFC 2418 explicitly requires full IESG approval for
   this action.

   This document is an update to RFC 2418, section 3.2.  It gives WG
   chairs the authority to temporarily suspend the posting privileges of
   disruptive individuals, without IESG approval.



































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2. Specific Changes to RFC 2418

   The following paragraph supersedes the last paragraph of RFC 2418,
   section 3.2:

   As in face-to-face sessions, occasionally one or more individuals may
   engage in behavior on a mailing list which, in the opinion of the WG
   chair, is disruptive to the WG process.  Unless the disruptive
   behaviour is severe enough that it must be stopped immediately, the
   WG chair should attempt to discourage the disruptive behavior by
   communicating directly with the offending individual.  If the
   behavior persists, the WG chair should send at least one public
   warning on the WG mailing list.  As a last resort and typcially after
   one or more explicit warnings, the WG chair, in consultation with the
   responsible Area Director, may suspend the mailing list posting
   privileges of the disruptive individual for a period of not more than
   30 days. Even while posting privileges are suspended, the individual
   must not be prevented from receiving messages posted to the list.
   Like all other WG chair decisions, any suspension of posting
   privileges is subject to appeal, as described in RFC 2026 [2].  Other
   methods of mailing list control must be approved by the IESG.






























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3. Security Considerations

   This document describes a modification to the IETF process for
   managing mailing list discussions.  It has no security
   considerations.














































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4. Acknowledgements

   This document reflects a discussion that was held on the MPOWR
   mailing list in December 2003 and January 2004.  In particular, the
   following people contributed ideas that influenced this draft: Harald
   Alvestrand, Dave Crocker, James Kempf and John Klensin.

   This document was written using the xml2rfc tool described in RFC
   2629 [3].










































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Normative References

   [1]  Bradner, S., "IETF Working Group Guidelines and Procedures", BCP
        25, RFC 2418, September 1998.

   [2]  Bradner, S., "The Internet Standards Process -- Revision 3", BCP
        9, RFC 2026, October 1996.












































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Informative References

   [3]  Rose, M., "Writing I-Ds and RFCs using XML", RFC 2629, June
        1999.


Author's Address

   Margaret Wasserman
   ThingMagic
   One Broadway, 14th Floor
   Cambridge, MA  02142
   USA

   Phone: +1 617 758 4177
   EMail: margaret@thingmagic.com
   URI:   http://www.thingmagic.com/


































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