[rfc-i] Re: Status of draft-rfc-editor-rfc2223bis?

Aaron Falk falk at ISI.EDU
Thu Jul 29 06:42:16 PDT 2004


[This message was wedged in the list server, sorry about the delay.  
--aaron]


On Jun 11, 2004, at 1:13 PM, John C Klensin wrote:

>
>
> --On Thu, 10 Jun 2004 14:13:07 -0700, Paul Hoffman / VPNC
> <paul.hoffman at vpnc.org> wrote:
>
>>> Sorry, I don't get your point.  What is wrong with a living
>>> document as a bridge.
>>
>> In the IETF, this is usually considered a Bad Thing. If
>> something is  ready to become an RFC, it should become an RFC.
>> Otherwise, people  will assume that the "living document" is
>> stable, and if it changes  later, there will be ugly surprises.
>
> Paul, I'm not wild about the current state of things either, nor
> am I wild about the example I'm about to cite, but I think it is
> important to recognize the resource and priority issues that Bob
> identifies.
>
> I note that 1id-guidelines.txt and the notorious and perhaps
> unlamented "id-nits" documents where both available online only,
> that the latter was often enforced as a set of binding rules by
> the IESG and the former was often (albeit sporadically and
> inconsistently) enforced by the secretariat.   I don't remember
> a lot of protests about that situation (except from myself),
> evidence of serious harm caused by it, or people using it as a
> precedent.   The RFC Editor at least aspires to keeping a good
> balance between consistency and flexibility.
>
> best,
>    john
>
>
>
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