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Well, it's Monday evening and I'm already tired. I was appointed to replace Steve as one of the two security area directors. The nomcom process is the most grueling and stressful process I've been through in a while; in many ways like applying to college all over again. The nomcom application started with around 10 essay questions back in October; they encouraged complete answers and mentioned no length limit. For me, answering the questions took around 30k of text. The process went on from there, concluding with weeks of nail-biting stress waiting to hear about the decision. I didn't find out until Sunday morning after I had arrived at the meeting. I'm glad I was selected; in order to put together a good application you have to invest a fair bit of effort and be prepared for a significant time commitment. There is bound to be disappointment—probably mixed with relief—associated with not being
selected. I'm starting to figure out what is involved. A lot of work is ahead. I think I'll enjoy things; I hope I do a good job.
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Yay! Hurrah! Congratulations!
We won't expect to hear from you for a bit - expect it'll suck you under for awhile.

We're very happy for you.
Indeed, congratulations! I'm sure you'll do an excellent job.

(Anonymous)

Congrats!
- Orr

(Anonymous)

What on earth

Sam, are you serious here about essay questions? Nomcon has no business doing that. They have no clue as to what the answers should be in any case.

Re: What on earth

I may have misused the term slightly, although I don't think so.
Rough subject areas included my thoughts on at least one specific issue that is going on in the IETF and my thoughts on the direction of the security area. I believe that answers to such questions would qualify as essays. I think that the questions were appropriate.