Specifying the IANA Contact for Registrations in IETF Documents
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Network Working Group                                           B. Leiba
Internet-Draft                                    FutureWei Technologies
Intended status: Best Current Practice                     April 9, 2020
Expires: October 11, 2020

    Specifying the IANA Contact for Registrations in IETF Documents
                 draft-leiba-ietf-iana-registrations-00

Abstract

   IETF documents have been inconsistent in what they specify as the
   registrant (or contact, or change controller) in IANA registrations
   they make.  This document provides a consistent specification
   ("IETF") to be used, and allows for exceptions with IESG approval.

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1.  Introduction

   IETF documents have been inconsistent in what they specify as the
   registrant (or contact, or change controller) in IANA registrations
   they make.  Sometimes "IETF" is used, sometimes "IESG"; sometimes a
   working group is named, and sometimes individuals (usually the
   document authors) are used.  There are even some that specify the
   IETF Chair.

   So as to provide some consistency, this document gives a preferred
   specification, while allowing exceptions when there are good reasons
   for making them.

2.  Specifying Registrant Information

   When a document coming from an IETF working group makes an IANA
   request that specifies registrant information (including such things
   as "contact", "owner", "change controller", and similar fields),
   "IETF" is to be used, as the registration is coming from the IETF as
   a whole via IETF consensus on the document.  If contact information
   is specified, the working group mailing list would normally be used.
   If there is a relevant review list or other IETF mailing list that
   covers the technology, that can be used instead.

   For example:

      Registrant contact: IETF <examplewg@ietf.org>

      Change controller: IETF <examplewg@ietf.org>

   When a document coming from an individual submitter makes an IANA
   request that specifies registrant information, "IETF" is to be used,
   as these registrations also come from the IETF as a whole via IETF
   last call consensus.  If contact information is specified and there
   are relevant mailing lists as outlined above, one of those lists
   would normally be used, with the assent of the working group chairs
   or list owners.  If there is no relevant working group, a relevant
   directorate or area-wide mailing list is the next choice, with the
   assent of the Area Directors.  In cases where neither of those
   options applies, the document authors or the IESG itself can be used
   as contact information.

   In any case, contact information will not be published in the RFC.
   IANA will record the contact information and the RFC Editor will
   remove the email addresses during final editing.  This allows IANA to
   update the recorded contact information when email addresses change
   or disappear, and avoids putting mutable email addresses into
   immutable RFCs.

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   As there could be good reasons to vary from these policies in some
   situations, the IESG always has the authority to approve sensible
   exceptions.  Working group chairs or document authors should discuss
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