[rfc-dist] BCP 93, RFC 3933 on A Model for IETF Process Experiments

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        BCP 93
        RFC 3933

        Title:      A Model for IETF Process Experiments
        Author(s):  J. Klensin, S. Dawkins
        Status:     Best Current Practice
        Date:       November 2004
        Mailbox:    john-ietf at jck.com, spencer at mcsr-labs.org
        Pages:      7
        Characters: 14409
        SeeAlso:    BCP 93

        I-D Tag:    draft-klensin-process-july14-02.txt

        URL:        ftp://ftp.rfc-editor.org/in-notes/rfc3933.txt

The IETF has designed process changes over the last ten years in one
of two ways: announcement by the IESG, sometimes based on informal
agreements with limited community involvement and awareness, and
formal use of the same mechanism used for protocol specification.  The
first mechanism has often proven to be too lightweight, the second too

This document specifies a middle-ground approach to the system of
making changes to IETF process, one that relies heavily on a "propose
and carry out an experiment, evaluate the experiment, and then
establish permanent procedures based on operational experience" model
rather than those previously attempted.

This document specifies an Internet Best Current Practices for the
Internet Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
improvements.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

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