[rfc-i] RFC means RFC, not Request For Comment

Joe Touch touch at isi.edu
Tue Oct 25 10:03:25 PDT 2011



On 10/25/2011 6:48 AM, Eric Burger wrote:
> Summary:
> 1. Trademark the RFC image
> 2. Mark IETF standards track documents with a RFC logo

Eric,

The IETF lacks a standards compliance authority.

Absent that, there's simply no point in claiming "RFC", or even 
"standards track RFC" means *anything*.

You seem to continue to be concerned that the uninformed can't 
distinguish standards-track RFCs from other docs (including non-binding 
informational docs produced throughout the IETF, not just as independent 
submissions). By asserting that "logo'd" docs are different, you are 
simply moving the problem.

Now you need to explain to the uninformed that the logo has special 
meaning when it appears. We already have a logo for that - it's the 
ASCII text "standards track".

Joe


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