From: Keith Moore <moore(_at_)cs(_dot_)utk(_dot_)edu>
To: Melinda Shore <mshore(_at_)cisco(_dot_)com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2000 7:35 AM
Subject: Re: Topic drift Re: An Internet Draft as reference
already there are too many folks who avoid issuing
I-Ds except when required to do so because they feel that the
publication process is too burdensome and too slow, and too
people treat I-Ds as something akin to final form documents
(as in, they need to be close to "right") rather than working
It seems to me that that has a lot more to do with
the ascendancy of the professional standardizer,
combined with excessive scrutiny by the trade press
(aggravated by those "HEY! WE ISSUED AN INTERNET
DRAFT!!!" press releases).
At the same time, people seem not to have the same
concerns about archiving mailing lists, which supports
what you're saying about drafts being perceived as being
IMHO internet-drafts ought to be about as accessible as WG
list archives - which is to say, the stuff is out there if you
to dig through it, but you have to dig.
Seems reasonable. Indexing/retrieval aren't the same
problem as storage/retention.