[rfc-i] Possible new text re I-Ds [RFC citations committee I-D issued]

Joe Touch touch at isi.edu
Fri Feb 11 17:19:04 PST 2011


I like the text below, and think adding it is a good idea.


On 2/11/2011 5:11 PM, Brian E Carpenter wrote:
> How about adding something like this as a new second paragraph of
> section 4:
> It is not a matter of RFC Editor policy whether RFCs in a particular
> stream [RFC4844] are allowed to cite Internet-Drafts. Each stream
> should establish its own policy and criteria in this regard; for example,
> it is clear from RFC 2026 that IETF standards track documents must
> not cite I-Ds as normative references. In this document, we only
> consider the practical issues in the format of such citations, not
> whether they should occur.
> And then in section 6, start by saying something like:
> It is a matter of fact that many documents written and published
> outside the RFC process cite Internet-Drafts, despite their
> ephemeral nature. Without condoning this practice, we offer some
> suggestions as to how such citations should be made.
> Regards
>     Brian Carpenter
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