Russ White blogs on “What should IETF “standard track” actually mean?”. I’m critical of two things:
- lack of focus on Enterprise networking
- that standards being produced have little relevance to real world uses.
The second is likely to be people problem because organisations inherently build up resistance to new ideas and become self-referential.
The first is simply because Enterprises don’t participate.
By the way—before you rant, or say how broken the IETF is, I once worked for an engineering standards body that operates in a completely different area, and I have experience with a number of other standards bodies. Every standards body I’ve worked with, and every open source project I’ve looked at, has this same sort of problem. If you’re honest, your own IT shop has this sort of problem, as well. This is a human level problem, not a problem in the IETF specifically. Standards are politics in a very real sense. Remember that, and you’ll find the documents produced by any standards body—and projects developed in any open source environment—a little more useful in your daily work.