Principles of the Request for Comments Series
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Network Working Group                                    B. E. Carpenter
Internet-Draft                                         Univ. of Auckland
Intended status: Informational                               18 May 2020
Expires: 19 November 2020

             Principles of the Request for Comments Series
                   draft-carpenter-rfc-principles-01

Abstract

   This document discusses the underlying principles of the Internet
   technical community's Request for Comments document Series.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Background  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Proposed Principles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     3.1.  The RFC Series as a Whole . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     3.2.  The RFC Series Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   4.  Conclusion  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   5.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   6.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   7.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   8.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   Appendix A.  Change log [RFC Editor: Please remove] . . . . . . .  10
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10

1.  Introduction

   This document was written as background material for ongoing
   discussions about the role of the Request for Comments (RFC) Series
   Editor (the RSE).  This version is purely personal opinion, but with
   some community comments incorporated.  The author welcomes further
   comments, best sent to the mailing list rfc-interest@rfc-editor.org
   if they concern the RFC Series in general, or to the mailing list
   rfced-future@iab.org if they concern the role of the RSE
   specifically.

   The RFC Series has a 50 year history, too long to summarise here, so
   the reader is assumed to be familiar with [RFC8700].  However, the
   Series does not appear to have a documented set of principles or a
   full charter.  This will make the obvious first task of the future
   RSE -- developing a strategy for the Series -- hard, if not
   impossible.  The goal of this document is to outline what those
   principles might be, for community debate.  Once the principles are
   clear, the next step could be to draft a full charter based on them,
   also for community debate.  Alternatively, the principles could be
   incorporated in a revision of [RFC8729].

   This document does not aim to provide a problem statement or gap
   analysis, and technical matters such as RFC formatting are completely
   out of scope.  Matters concerning the IETF standards process, and how
   it uses the Series, are also out of scope.  Some problems in the
   standards process are problems in how the IETF uses the RFC Series,
   not problems in the Series itself.  (Interested readers can find
   comments on that topic in [I-D.carpenter-request-for-comments].)

   The document starts with a review of existing background material
   that touches on principles of the Series, and then offers a set of
   proposed principles for debate.

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2.  Background

   The RFC Editor web site states the following:
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