[rfc-i] [Ietf-and-github] RFC Editor & Github

Kent Watsen kent+ietf at watsen.net
Thu Feb 21 20:34:34 PST 2019

I appreciate that folks (including myself) are enthusiastic about using GitHub and Markdown, but it would be a mistake to change the publishing process to incorporate such things.   For one, it begs the question as to how many variants might be allowed (since GitHub/Markdown wouldn't ever be mandated) and, with each variant, the overhead to understand and maintain support for it.  I think the IETF rightly defines a single interface for getting work done.


> On Feb 21, 2019, at 10:03 PM, Joel M. Halpern <jmh at joelhalpern.com> wrote:
> The RFC Editor (more specifically the production center) already conducted an experiment in using github in conjunction with the editing process.  While I will leave it to Heather to provide details, the simple result was that it turned out to be VERY painful.
> Please do not assume that using github / git for that part of the process is a trivial or easy step for us to take.
> Yours,
> Joel
> On 2/21/19 9:25 PM, Martin J. Dürst wrote:
>> On 2019/02/22 07:06, Mike Bishop wrote:
>>> Ideally, I'd see AUTH48 as a PR (perhaps from a private repo). One of the things we'll need to work out is to what extent that's feasible for the RFC Editor.
>> I'm of course not in any way speaking for the RFC Editor. Also, I'm
>> myself still struggling with git and github, so I don't want to push
>> (sic) it on anybody else.
>> But I think it would be highly beneficial for the RFC Editor to try to
>> slowly move to (also use) git(hub). They may take quite some time
>> because they have other things on their plate, and have to make sure
>> they move carefully, and establish a process that works for them.
>> But compared to the OLD-NEW style of talking about diffs, pull requests
>> are way more precise, and that's what matters for their work. If they
>> can reduce the number of hickups in the back-and-forth with the editors
>> in Auth48, that may help them quite a bit.
>> Regards,   Martin.
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