[rfc-i] date-less citations

Julian Reschke julian.reschke at gmx.de
Mon May 15 12:57:43 PDT 2017


On 2017-05-15 21:49, Adam Roach wrote:
> 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.

Specific versions of Internet Drafts are stable...




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