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        BCP 58
        RFC 3233

        Title:      Defining the IETF
        Author(s):  P. Hoffman, S. Bradner
        Status:     Best Current Practice
        Date:       February 2002
        Mailbox:    phoffman@imc.org, sob@harvard.edu
        Pages:      4
        Characters: 6401
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:  None

        I-D Tag:    draft-hoffman-what-is-ietf-05.txt

        URL:        ftp://ftp.rfc-editor.org/in-notes/rfc3233.txt


This document gives a more concrete definition of "the IETF" as it
understood today.  Many RFCs refer to "the IETF".  Many important IETF
documents speak of the IETF as if it were an already-defined entity.
However, no IETF document correctly defines what the IETF is.

This document specifies an Internet Best Current Practices for the
Internet Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
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