[rfc-i] Pre-qualifying errata [was Re: Errata proposal]

Marc Petit-Huguenin petithug at acm.org
Tue Aug 21 07:38:51 PDT 2012


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[Changing subject to refocus discussion]

On 08/20/2012 01:44 PM, Paul Hoffman wrote:
> On Aug 20, 2012, at 12:57 PM, Marc Petit-Huguenin <petithug at acm.org>
> wrote:
> 
>> I would like to propose to add some text to the errata web page[1] asking
>> a potential submitter to first discuss the errata with the authors of the
>> RFC and/or on the appropriate mailing-list.
>> 
>> Errata are difficult to track[2] for implementers and so I think that we 
>> should be very cautious before adding one.  The last[3] errata added for
>> RFC 5389 is a good example of someone who mistook the errata database
>> for stackoverflow.com.
>> 
>> So I would like to propose to add something like this in bold characters
>> to the web page:
>> 
>> "We strongly suggest to discuss with the authors of the RFC or in the 
>> mailing-list that originated this RFC before submitting a new errata."
> 
> +1
> 

I think that the text should include a default mailing-list in case authors
emails are no longer valid and there is no obvious mailing-list to send a
message to.  Something like this:

"We strongly suggest to discuss with the authors of the RFC or in the
mailing-list that originated this RFC before submitting a new errata.  In last
resort, the discussion about a new erratum can be started on ietf at ietf.org."


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