Network Working Group                                    P. Hoffman, Ed.
Internet-Draft                                            VPN Consortium
Obsoletes: 4677 (if approved)                              July 19, 2012
Intended status: Informational
Expires: January 20, 2013

             Publishing the "Tao of the IETF" as a Web Page


   This document describes how the "Tao of the IETF", which was
   published as a series of RFCs in the past, is instead being published
   as a web page.  It also contains the procedure for publishing and
   editing that web page.

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1.  Introduction

   The "Tao of the IETF" ("Tao") describes the inner workings of IETF
   meetings and Working Groups, discusses organizations related to the
   IETF, and introduces the standards process.  It is not a formal IETF
   process document but instead an informational overview.  The Tao has
   traditionally been published as an RFC.  It has been RFCs 1391, 1539,
   1718, 3160; it is currently [RFC4677].

   At the time this document is published, there is a strong desire in
   the IETF community to turn the Tao into a web page that can be edited
   more easily than an RFC.  This document describes how that happens.
   At the same time, this document formally obsoletes the last version
   of the Tao that was published as an RFC because that last version,
   RFC 4677, is no longer be considered the "latest" version of the Tao:
   the new web page is.

   This document contains the procedure agreed to by the IESG.  The Tao
   has traditionally been an IETF consensus document, which means that
   the IESG has had the final say about what the Tao contained before it
   was sent to the RFC Editor.  Thus, the IESG should have final say for
   what the Tao says when it is a web page.

2.  Procedure for Publishing and Editing the Tao

   The Tao is published at <> and
   <>.  The initial content for the Tao web
   page is based on the last Internet-Draft that was meant to replace
   RFC 4677.

   The Tao is edited by one or more people as designated by the IESG.
   Suggestions for changes to the Tao are discussed on the mailing list.

   The editor of the Tao decides which proposed changes should be
   submitted to the IESG for approval.  The editor publishes the
   proposed changes in a version at
   <>.  The IESG may
   accept as many of the proposed changes as it wishes.  The IESG then
   submits the changed version to the IETF Secretariat for publication
   on the IETF web page at the URLs given above.  The Tao editor and the
   IESG should confirm that the page that actually appears on the web
   site is as intended.

   Each version of the Tao has a visible timestamp near the beginning of
   the document.  All published versions are archived using URLs of the
   form <>, and a list

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   of the revisions is available at <>.

   From time to time, translations of versions of the Tao are made into
   other languages.  These translations do not represent IETF consensus
   and may be provided on an "as is" basis.  The issues of how
   translations are recorded, made available, cross-referenced to
   versions of the Tao, and archived are outside the scope of this
   document and for future study.

3.  Proposals for How The Tao Web Page Should Be Developed

   During the discussion that led to this document, there were many
   proposals for how the Tao as a web page should be published and
   edited.  Some wanted just a web page; some wanted a web page and
   periodic snapshots as RFCs; some wanted a wiki that could be easily
   edited by anyone in the IETF community, with a master editor who
   would revert bad edits; some wanted a wiki with a more limited group
   of contributors.  The procedure in Section 2 above was the rough
   consensus of the discussion.

4.  IANA Considerations


5.  Security Considerations

   The Tao is available over TLS at <>.

6.  Informative References

   [RFC4677]  Hoffman, P. and S. Harris, "The Tao of IETF - A Novice's
              Guide to the Internet Engineering Task Force", RFC 4677,
              September 2006.

Author's Address

   Paul Hoffman (editor)
   VPN Consortium


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