[rfc-i] URIs in references, was: Call for Review of draft-iab-styleguide-01.txt, "RFC Style Guide"

Tony Hansen tony at att.com
Wed Mar 26 21:05:49 PDT 2014

On 3/26/14, 5:24 PM, Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) wrote:
> On 3/26/14, 12:33 PM, Dave Crocker wrote:
>> On 3/26/2014 9:15 AM, Tony Hansen wrote:
>>> On 3/25/14, 6:49 PM, Julian Reschke wrote:
>>>> It makes Mark Nottingham's and Tim Bray's super-stable blog URIs
>>>> disallowed (personal web page), but would make a random blogger.com
>>>> page acceptable.
>>>> Yes, it's hard to check. In doubt, trust the author of the spec.
>>>> He/she is interested in providing useful links.
>>> I agree with this sentiment. However, I think it is also worthwhile
>>> having the RFC editor make a pass on the URIs with the author to verify
>>> that these indeed are the "best" URIs. Guidance on what makes a URI "the
>>> best" is somewhat subjective, but using Heather's list as guidelines
>>> instead of hard-and-fast rules makes the most sense to me.
>> Here's a thought:
>>       Constraints on choice of normative references
>>       belong to the stream.
>> So the RFC Editor puts whatever "form" requirements it deems
>> appropriate, but a stream can impose additional "content" requirements
>> that suit the stream.
> I think this is reasonable; I will discuss with my co-author.  Any
> thoughts on guidance for informative references?  or are you in (I think
> it was Ted's) camp re: trust the author?

I like the phraseology of "trust, but verify", using your guidelines as 
points of verification with the author. If someone's blog post truly is 
the best reference, then so be it.


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