Process for Working Group Adoption of Drafts
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Network Working Group                                       B. Carpenter
Internet-Draft                                         Univ. of Auckland
Intended status: Best Current Practice                           F. Gont
Expires: December 2, 2020                                   SI6 Networks
                                                           M. Richardson
                                                Sandelman Software Works
                                                            May 31, 2020

              Process for Working Group Adoption of Drafts
             draft-carpenter-gendispatch-draft-adoption-00

Abstract

   IETF working groups often formally adopt drafts.  This document
   specifies minimum requirements for this process, thereby extending
   RFC 2418.  It also describes how an adopted draft may be withdrawn
   from the working group process.

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   This Internet-Draft will expire on December 2, 2020.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Consequences of WG Adoption of an Internet-Draft  . . . . . .   2
   3.  Rules for Adoption of an Internet-Draft . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   4.  Withdrawal of an Adopted Internet-Draft . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   5.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   6.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   7.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   8.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     8.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     8.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   Appendix A.  Change Log . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     A.1.  Draft-00  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6

1.  Introduction

   According to [RFC2418], the Internet-Drafts (I-D) mechanism is a
   "resource for posting and disseminating in-process copies of working
   group documents."  However, most I-Ds start as individual
   contributions and only become working group documents by a WG
   decision generally referred to as "adoption."  As noted in [RFC7221],
   this process was not previously documented as a formal step in the
   IETF WG process.  This has sometimes led to confusion about the
   significance of such adoption and about how it fits into the IETF
   standards process.  The present document is intended to define a few
   formal rules about adoption to reduce such confusion.

2.  Consequences of WG Adoption of an Internet-Draft

   After a draft has been formally adopted by a WG, its original authors
   no longer have formal change control of the text.  In addition to the
   normal consequence of posting a draft, i.e., that it becomes an IETF
   Contribution under [RFC5378], all future substantive changes to the
   draft require WG consensus and are no longer at the authors' sole
   discretion.

   As a practical matter, the original authors usually continue to edit
   the document and make routine editorial decisions, but substantive
   changes must be referred to the WG and require WG rough consensus,
   consistently with [RFC2418].  It is also possible that new authors or
   editors will join the draft, or that previous authors may withdraw.

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