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IESG States for Internet-Drafts

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State Description Next State
I-D Exists The IESG has not started processing this draft, or has stopped processing it without publication. Publication Requested
AD is watching
Publication Requested A formal request has been made to advance/publish the document, following the procedures in Section 7.5 of RFC 2418. The request could be from a WG chair, from an individual through the RFC Editor, etc. (The Secretariat ( is copied on these requests to ensure that the request makes it into the ID tracker.) A document in this state has not (yet) been reviewed by an AD nor has any official action been taken on it yet (other than to note that its publication has been requested. AD Evaluation
AD is watching
AD Evaluation A specific AD (e.g., the Area Advisor for the WG) has begun reviewing the document to verify that it is ready for advancement. The shepherding AD is responsible for doing any necessary review before starting an IETF Last Call or sending the document directly to the IESG as a whole. Expert Review
Last Call Requested
IESG Evaluation
AD is watching
Expert Review An AD sometimes asks for an external review by an outside party as part of evaluating whether a document is ready for advancement. MIBs, for example, are reviewed by the "MIB doctors". Other types of reviews may also be requested (e.g., security, operations impact, etc.). Documents stay in this state until the review is complete and possibly until the issues raised in the review are addressed. See the "note" field for specific details on the nature of the review. AD Evaluation
Last Call Requested The AD has requested that the Secretariat start an IETF Last Call, but the the actual Last Call message has not been sent yet. In Last Call
In Last Call The document is currently waiting for IETF Last Call to complete. Last Calls for WG documents typically last 2 weeks, those for individual submissions last 4 weeks. Waiting for Writeup
Waiting for AD Go-Ahead
Waiting for Writeup Before a standards-track or BCP document is formally considered by the entire IESG, the AD must write up a protocol action. The protocol action is included in the approval message that the Secretariat sends out when the document is approved for publication as an RFC. Waiting for AD Go-Ahead
Waiting for AD Go-Ahead As a result of the IETF Last Call, comments may need to be responded to and a revision of the ID may be needed as well. The AD is responsible for verifying that all Last Call comments have been adequately addressed and that the (possibly revised) document is in the ID directory and ready for consideration by the IESG as a whole. IESG Evaluation
IESG Evaluation The document is now (finally!) being formally reviewed by the entire IESG. Documents are discussed in email or during a bi-weekly IESG telechat. In this phase, each AD reviews the document and airs any issues they may have. Unresolvable issues are documented as "discuss" comments that can be forwarded to the authors/WG. See the description of substates for additional details about the current state of the IESG discussion. IESG Evaluation - Defer
Approved-announcement to be sent
DNP-waiting for AD note
IESG Evaluation - Defer During a telechat, one or more ADs requested an additional 2 weeks to review the document. A defer is designed to be an exception mechanism, and can only be invoked once, the first time the document comes up for discussion during a telechat. IESG Evaluation
Approved-announcement to be sent The IESG has approved the document for publication, but the Secretariat has not yet sent out on official approval message. Approved-announcement sent
Approved-announcement sent The IESG has approved the document for publication, and the Secretariat has sent out the official approval message to the RFC editor. RFC Ed Queue
RFC Ed Queue The document is in the RFC editor Queue (as confirmed by RFC Published
RFC Published The ID has been published as an RFC. Dead
DNP-waiting for AD note Do Not Publish: The IESG recommends against publishing the document, but the writeup explaining its reasoning has not yet been produced. DNPs apply primarily to individual submissions received through the RFC editor. See the "note" field for more details on who has the action item. DNP-announcement to be sent
DNP-announcement to be sent The IESG recommends against publishing the document, the writeup explaining its reasoning has been produced, but the Secretariat has not yet sent out the official "do not publish" recommendation message. Dead
AD is watching An AD is aware of the document and has chosen to place the document in a separate state in order to keep a closer eye on it (for whatever reason). Documents in this state are still not being actively tracked in the sense that no formal request has been made to publish or advance the document. The sole difference between this state and "I-D Exists" is that an AD has chosen to put it in a separate state, to make it easier to keep track of (for the AD's own reasons). Publication Requested
Dead Document is "dead" and is no longer being tracked. (E.g., it has been replaced by another document with a different name, it has been withdrawn, etc.) Publication Requested


Tag Description
AD Followup A generic substate indicating that the shepherding AD has the action item to determine appropriate next steps. In particular, the appropriate steps (and the corresponding next state or substate) depend entirely on the nature of the issues that were raised and can only be decided with active involvement of the shepherding AD. Examples include:

- if another AD raises an issue, the shepherding AD may first iterate with the other AD to get a better understanding of the exact issue. Or, the shepherding AD may attempt to argue that the issue is not serious enough to bring to the attention of the authors/WG.

- if a documented issue is forwarded to a WG, some further iteration may be needed before it can be determined whether a new revision is needed or whether the WG response to an issue clarifies the issue sufficiently.

- when a new revision appears, the shepherding AD will first look at the changes to determine whether they believe all outstanding issues have been raised satisfactorily, prior to asking the ADs who raised the original issues to verify the changes.
External Party The document is awaiting review or input from an external party (i.e, someone other than the shepherding AD, the authors, or the WG). See the "note" field for more details on who has the action.
Revised I-D Needed An updated I-D is needed to address the issues that have been raised.