On Sun, Sep 12, 2004 at 03:03:02PM -0700, Joe Touch wrote:
Even the IETF distinguishes between normative refs and non-normative
(though it has a penchant for wanting to redefine those words too).
Private correspondence is not citable as a normative ref, nor are
Put them up in a public archive and that assertion is no longer true. It
becomes appropriate to use them as normative refs.
Private correspondence does not be come citable as a normative
reference just because someone makes a web-archive of their e-mail
available. Neither does making I-D's publically available past their
expiration point make it "legal" for them to be referrenced in RFC's.
If you are referring to people outside of the standards process
referencing expired I-D's, there are people doing this today, and even
shipping product today, based on expired I-D's. It seems unlikely to
me that making such an archive available in a public fashion
(especially given that they are available today already if you know
where to look in the .iso images of the IETF proceedings-on-cdrom)
will likely change the future frequency of such "illegal" references
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