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

Eric Rescorla ekr at rtfm.com
Sun Feb 24 17:33:14 PST 2019


On Sun, Feb 24, 2019 at 5:30 PM Heather Flanagan <rse at rfc-editor.org> wrote:

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> On Feb 24, 2019, at 16:30, Eric Rescorla <ekr at rtfm.com> wrote:
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> On Sun, Feb 24, 2019 at 3:19 PM Mark Nottingham <mnot at mnot.net> wrote:
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>> > On 25 Feb 2019, at 10:16 am, Heather Flanagan <rse at rfc-editor.org>
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>> > I do think we need to give this another go, though not right now. One
>> of my biggest concerns is that we (the RFC Editor) could end up with
>> multiple paths for AUTH48. Not everyone (either at the individual or
>> working group level) will want to use GitHub, and we could end up in a
>> position where we are either a) duplicating significant effort, b)
>> disaccommodating a significant number of authors, and/or c) becoming a
>> GitHub help desk for those authors that are not familiar with GitHub.
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>> That sounds like a very reasonable concern.
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>> > I have a few other ideas percolating that I’m testing out with another
>> organization (so, not wearing my RSE hat) that may end up being useful
>> here. The premise there is a wiki-style front end for edits and a GitHub
>> back end to store all the changes (and mirror any GitHub changes back into
>> the wiki). No idea yet if that idea will fly.
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> I'd have to see this, but one thing that I think is very important is to
> be able to see precisely what changes are under consideration, and wikis
> aren't necessarily that great about that.
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> Absolutely agree. If I can’t get that, it really has limited utility. But,
> if it’s doing some intelligent, user friendly front ending for GitHub, the
> changes would be fairly easily seen in the repository. I think. If it
> works.
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Hmm... The critical point is *proposed* changes, not change history. I
don't think Github's wiki provides a review tool, for instance.

-Ekr


> There are many reasons I’m looking into this in a smaller environment with
> fewer existing constraints. If it works like I’m hoping, I’ll let this
> group know.
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> -Heather
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> -Ekr
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>> Ooh, that sounds interesting!
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>> FWIW Github wikis are backed by git -- although they may not do what you
>> want to do (since their source is markdown). See "Clone this wiki locally",
>> e.g., on :
>>   https://github.com/httpwg/wiki/wiki
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>> Cheers,
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>> --
>> Mark Nottingham   https://www.mnot.net/
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