[rfc-i] I-D Action: draft-flanagan-nonascii-01.txt

Phill hallam at gmail.com
Mon Apr 28 08:54:07 PDT 2014

If we were to do this:

A message digest of their life long public key.

Its the only identifier that would have more utility than a common name.

After all, almost none of us have spent any time performing detailed background checks on every IETF member. 

On Apr 28, 2014, at 9:54 AM, Russ Housley <housley at vigilsec.com> wrote:

> I think it is an interesting idea to use a URN for RFC authors, but I do not think that the URN should be urn:ietf:author...  There are many RFCs that are not part of the IETF Stream.
> Russ
> On Apr 28, 2014, at 2:56 AM, Larry Masinter wrote:
>> There are a number of unofficial lists of RFC authors.
>> The RFC Editor could maintain an "official" list of RFC authors (in addition to the current RFC Index):
>> Ascii short name, Unicode full name, RFC numbers (using the same Ascii short name), aliases (other ascii short names used)
>>   (dated) URLs
>> ASCII short names should be initial.lastname for western names, e.g., L.Masinter;  others should choose as makes professional sense and subject to editorial review.
>> Ask authors of new RFCs to indicate (in an RFC editor note) if they're using a different ASCII short name than was used for other RFCs.
>> (and to please indicate the most recent previous RFC and the ASCII name used in it. Please avoid if you can, give reason if you use a new name.
>> I'm reluctant to  put this in XML markup.
>> Ask authors to not choose the same ASCII name as another person, even in the rare case they have the exact same name (E.g., use a middle initial,  add a year of first RFC to the ASCII name)
>> This might appear in the style guide, adds a little overhead, can be fixed after-the-fact if need be.
>> If you really want an identifier, update RFC2648 to add:
>> urn:ietf:author:<ascii name>
>> While it might be possible to do something similar for affiliation/organization, the maintenance problems are deeper. Perhaps there may be an existential question about whether I'm the same person I was this morning,  but generally we handle personal identity. However, it's a little harder to judge whether an organization is the same after a split or merger or spin-off.
>> Larry
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