[rfc-i] date-less citations

Adam Roach adam at nostrum.com
Mon May 15 12:49:38 PDT 2017


On 5/15/17 13:31, Paul Kyzivat wrote:
> On 5/15/17 11:37 AM, Joel M. Halpern wrote:
>> While I can not speak for the otehrs involved in the conversation about
>> references to open source, the general tone of the discussion has been
>> that normative references still have to be to a stable referent.
>
> Yes. Perhaps the rule can be different for informative references. But 
> even then, if you are referring to a source that you claim has some 
> position about some topic, then if the reference isn't stable you have 
> no reason to believe that the reader will find any such thing.

To be fair, though, we allow informative citations to internet drafts 
(as "work in progress," naturally), which have no guarantee of being 
eventually published. They could expire or change substantially.

/a


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