[rfc-i] citing historic internet drafts

Keith Moore moore at cs.utk.edu
Thu Oct 16 14:35:23 PDT 2008

Bob Braden wrote:
>   *> As a concrete suggestion I'd change the boilerplate to say:
>   *> 
>   *> ...inappropriate to cite Internet-Drafts other than as "work in
>   *> progress", or for work no longer in progress, "unpublished working draft".
>   *> 
>   *> And I certainly agree that it should not require this much discussion to
>   *> fix the problem. 
>   *> 
>   *> Keith
>   *> 
> Keith,
> That seems to violate the time-invariance of RFCs.
Maybe I don't understand.  The above boilerplate only appears in
Internet-Drafts.  And it seems fairly obvious (and implicit) that any
descriptive text appearing in a reference in an RFC can only be
descriptive of the reference as of the date the RFC is written, or at
best, when it was published.

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