[rfc-i] FYI sub-series and RFC 1150 - proposal to update

Olaf Kolkman olaf at NLnetLabs.nl
Wed Apr 20 13:39:24 PDT 2011

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On Mar 5, 2011, at 4:49 PM, Bob Hinden wrote:

> On Mar 5, 2011, at 10:25 AM, John Levine wrote:
>> Since the last FYI was publised ten years ago, I think we can safely
>> assume that it was an experiment that didn't work, the series is
>> dead, and there is no value in putting extra work into it.
> I agree.  If it was being used, it would make sense to consider updating it, but since it isn't, updating it isn't worthwhile.

I've learned about a request for a document to be published as FYI.

Some factoids:

As far as the FYI is concerned that sub series still exist. It was taken into account as one of the subseries in RFC5741 (RFC Streams, Headers, and Boilerplates). On the other hand there is no mention of the subseries in RFC4844. In particular no mention that there is a special stream-bound approval process (like for BCPs, see RFC4844 section 5.1.1)

The most recent FYI was published in August 2007 ( RFC 4949 (FYI 36) ) it was submitted as an independent submission. 

Some opinions:

Whether a FYI number is to be assigned, and what procedure to follow for that decision is a question for the stream approvers.

Whether the FYI series still has utility, and how that utility is advertised, is a question that will be tabled for a future RSE, the answer depends a lot on whether the streams and the community see this subseries as useful. So far I haven't seen much enthusiasm.

Olaf Kolkman
 (as acting RSE)


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