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

Marc Petit-Huguenin petithug at acm.org
Tue Aug 21 09:57:04 PDT 2012

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On 08/21/2012 07:51 AM, Julian Reschke wrote:
> On 2012-08-21 16:38, Marc Petit-Huguenin wrote:
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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 authors emails are no longer valid and there is no obvious mailing-list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." ...
> +1, but then for an outside it'll be hard to find out what the right
> mailing list is; optionally, we would preserve that information in the
> documents we publish.

Yes, that's certainly one of the metadata that should be preserved in the
future RFC format, but I am looking for a more immediate solution to the problem.

The errata is already sent to the right list of emails addresses, so the RFC
editor database already contains this information, so it would be doable to
add a web page just after clicking on "Report New Errata" that contains the
text above, together with the email addresses of the authors and WG.

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