On 10/29/2011 09:44 AM, Peter J. Holzer wrote:
How high is the cost of of publishing an experimental RFC? Somebody has
to write it, a few people have to discuss it on a mailing list, and
finally an editor has to do a bit of QA and publish it. What do I miss?
About two thirds.
There's a document shepherd and a draft writeup (with which the author
helps, but it's real work even so), a responsible AD, last call, IESG
discussion including a phone meeting, IANA vetting/feedback, and the
editor does a little more than you appear to think.
The potential shepherds typically have too much to do, the responsible
AD and other IESG members much too much. Don't know about IANA these days.
There's also a minor money problem. The RFC editor is paid by the IETF,
and the IETF is anything but rich.