[Internal-cg] Stitching things together

Jari Arkko jari.arkko at piuha.net
Wed Jun 3 04:58:15 UTC 2015

> Fundamentally, we are an intermediary between the involved global Internet community, the separate operational communities, NTIA and ICANN. As an intermediary, we have a review, approval and clearinghouse function but not a proposal development function. 
> We review the documents for consistency with the requirements and for compatibility before we "stitch them together." If there are compatibility problems or questions about conformity to the requirements we take the lead in resolving them.
> In our final proposal, we _should_ draft an overview or preamble which makes a coherent  presentation of the overall outcome. This will be important because it will "frame" the final proposal as a complete package. 
> Last but not least, we will be responsible for interpreting the final stage of public comments, and for determining whether modifications are required. 
> We will have plenty to do. 

What Milton said.

And we need to do what we need to do, appearing to “add value” is not a goal by itself. In fact, organisations that unnecessarily try to add value scare me :-) Our value is in coordination and ensuring that others get going and that things fit together. I think we’re doing pretty well there.

Also, for what it is worth, I much prefer an output document that has a substantive preamble but the three component proposals are kept in separate sections and not mixed. We will btw need effort to develop that preamble…

The rationale for the above is that the proposals are in different spaces and indeed have different internals, even if they structurally are different and they fit together. I think the end result is much more readable if the three components are kept on their own rather than mixed. But yes, a preface/preamble is needed.


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