[rfc-i] citing historic internet drafts

Julian Reschke julian.reschke at gmx.de
Wed Oct 15 06:10:22 PDT 2008


Dave Thaler wrote:
> It's not just the policy for references.  It stems from the following.
> ...

Hi Dave,

thanks for the context, which only shows that the problem is bigger than 
I anticipated.

So the choice, allowed by IETF procedures, really is between:

a) claim that something is "work in progress" when it is not (confusing 
everybody except those who know about these procedures),

b) not include a reference, although the reference would be clearly 
helpful for the reader,

c) somehow point to historic documents in the prose of the spec, but do 
not add them to the References section (which seems a bit like cheating 
to me).

BR, Julian



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