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

Bob Hinden bob.hinden at gmail.com
Sat Feb 12 02:06:33 PST 2011


+1

Bob


On Feb 12, 2011, at 2:19 AM, Joe Touch wrote:

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