IETF humming

I just found out yesterday that the IETF have a practice of reaching a decision by humming. Sometimes when IETF working groups meet, the members decide on an issue by humming for or against a proposal. The proposal with the clear hum advantage wins. Apparently this is a very helpful way of fostering consensus and reaching decisions relatively quickly.

And I can see why. Person to person contact already helps dispel misunderstandings. The volume of the humming helps remove the personal aspect of voting for or against an issue, and keeps a certain amount of anonymity. It sounds fun too :-)

Having worked remotely from Europe with the Atom working group, I never went to any of these meetings, so I never hummed a Pace...

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'The proposal with the clear hum advantage wins.' Hmmm ... as long the committee isn't stacked with a Tuvan throat singer like Ondar, this is a winner decision mechanism! Imagine the following: "What say you to the application of RFC 3640 to Karaoke packetization?' "I dunno, but hum a few bars and I'll fake it".

Posted by retiarius on November 22, 2006 at 08:11 PM CET #

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