[rfc-i] independent submissions to RFC Editor
braden at ISI.EDU
Mon Apr 25 10:01:37 PDT 2005
*> > It is also true that there is an unfortunate tendency of independent
*> > submissions to raise substantial issues of conflict with the standards
*> > process (for some members of the IESG, nearly EVERYTHING conflicts with
*> > the standards process), and also for independent submissions to be of
*> > below-acceptable editorial quality, since they have not been ground
*> > down in a working group. (I am sure neither is true for YOUR document,
*> > ;-), but some that precede yours in the queue are certainly guilty.)
*> Out of curiosity: has any progress been made on this issue? Can any
*> progress be expected in the near future?
I am not sure which issue you mean -- the overload of the RFC Editor,
the problem of conflicts with the standards process, or the sub-standard
quality of many independent submissions.
We are making progress on reviewing independent submissions, with the
considerable help of the RFC Editorial Board and a few other fine
citizens who have produced reviews for us. We are seeing an increasing
number of almost-standards documents -- legitimate, serious technical
specs that are not in the IETF because there is not currently a working
group in the area, or the existing working group has too narrow a charter
to consider them. As a result, they come to the RFC Editor without blame
for an end-run, but OTOH they have not received the level of editorial
review that a working group (ideally) provides. We are trying to either
pass these to the relevant AD or to find a serious external reviewer
I can't say there has been much progress on sub-standard submissions. :-((
*> If the answer to both is "no", I'd suggest that the RFC Editor starts to
*> warn authors of individual submissions that their documents aren't going
*> to be published in the foreseeable future. That way, they would at least
*> be made aware that they need to either find an interested AD, or to move
*> their work into a Working Group to get it published.
Note that the rules give priority to publication of IETF documents.
So, if an author can persuade an AD to take on a document, all
interests will be served.
Bob Braden for the RFC Editor.
*> Best regards, Julian
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