Iljitsch van Beijnum wrote:
However, this is not to say that having anyone who feels like it modify
RFCs and republish them is a good idea. Treating natural language text
as source code is a spectacularly bad idea. But then, anyone who has
ever tried submitting changes to the collected works of Shakespeare
already knew that.
Many people have taken the works of Shakespeare and modified them.
Several successful movies, musicals, etc. come to mind. Treating natural
language text as source code is only a bad idea in that the compiler
won't like it.
What the free software community would like is a license that would
allow it to take the text an RFC and use that text for writing software,
other standards (or non-standards), etc. We don't have any need --- or I
hope want --- to mis-represent the modified versions as standards of the
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