[rfc-i] Proper status for pre-IETF RFCs currently with "unknown" status

Fred Baker fred at cisco.com
Mon Oct 31 13:14:01 PDT 2011

On Nov 1, 2011, at 2:59 AM, Andrew G. Malis wrote:

> There are a whole bunch of pre-IETF RFCs who's status is currently
> "unknown", including some of mine. I started a bit of a discussion on
> the IETF list by sending a request to the IESG to change my pre-IETF
> RFCs to "Historic" status. I've withdrawn that request and I thought
> we might try to find some consensus on this list of what the proper
> status is for such RFCs.

The problem is that it's not obvious. RFCs 768, 791-793, and perhaps 896 should probably be "standard", many should be "historic", and some (consider RFC 970 for example) are white papers that probably deserve to be left as "informational" or "experimental". Consider the many telnet RFCs...

As I recall, the reason these were left "unknown" way back in the musty dusts of history was that nobody wanted to take the time to sort through them and decide. There isn't a blanket rule that really makes sense.

Are you volunteering for the historical exercise?

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