On Design Teams
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001
Design teams are mentioned in The Working Group Guidelines RFC (RFC 2418)
The key point here is that the output of a design team is input to a working group, not a final document. Such a document must not be considered as more important than any other input to the working group.
Anyone can write an alternative proposal and ask the working group to consider it. The decision on which document to work further on must be made by the consensus of the working group. If design teams work as intended, their output will be of a quality that speaks for itself.
Working group chairs should note that there is a potential of anti-trust liability if a design team is formed with a restricted membership and then the output is given priority over other input to the process.
Any time the Working Group decides to form a design team:
This note was edited for the IESG by Scott Bradner.