[rfc-i] Wrapup of Fwd: Comment on headers-and-boilerplates
olaf at NLnetLabs.nl
Tue Jan 13 06:19:52 PST 2009
On Jan 12, 2009, at 4:43 PM, John C Klensin wrote:
> It is not clear to me that we have ever formally abolished FYI
> RFCs at the BCP level.
Latest I could find was FYI0036 published in 2007.
> We just stopped creating new ones. If
> that impression is correct, the IAB should either move to
> formally get rid of them now or they should be at least
> minimally reflected in this document and the RFC Editor Model
> one. I don't think the relevant text should be significantly
> different from the Informational text --in some sense, FYIs are
> just a special case of Informational -- but ignoring them is the
> sort of thing that gets us into trouble when we least expect it.
In all honesty I cannot come up with a text that is a) significantly
different and b) does not turn the whole paragraph into a
incomprehensible set of conditionals, so I prefer to hang on to text
Also, and more to the point that we should not obsolete the FYI series
by simply forgetting to write about it: the existence of FYIs is
recognized as a sub series in section 3.1 that relates to the
information in the 1st page header (page 4 of version 4 of the id):
<subseries ID> <subseries number> Some document categories are also
labeled as a subseries of RFCs. These elements appear as
appropriate for such categories, indicating the subseries and the
documents number within that series. Currently, there are
subseries for BCPs [RFC2026], STDs[RFC1311], and FYIs [RFC1150].
These subseries numbers may appear in several RFCs. For example,
when a new RFC obsoletes or updates an old one, the same
number is used. Also, several RFCs may be assigned the same
subseries number: a single STD, for example, may be composed of
several RFCs, each of which will bear the same STD number. This
element is unchanged.
Thanks for the reminder... I had to doublecheck :-)
Olaf M. Kolkman NLnet Labs
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