There should be one document that is the starting point for those considering
the RFC and IETF processes, one that gives an even-handed treatment of the
available routes to varying outcomes,
Right. If you are thinking in terms of an educational
document, I'm not sure sure we have one yet. But
draft-iab-rfc-editor describes the different RFC streams
(IETF, IRTF, independent, ...) and points to related
process documents, see its Section 5.
and this is not it.
Indeed, and it is not meant to be.
The nearest is
draft-klensin-rfc-independent-05.txt and that is where I would point anyone.
may then want separate process documents helping people down their chosen path
and draft-iesg-sponsoring-guidelines (assuming that it is accurate, I am not
well placed to judge) would fulfil that secondary role.
Having separate process documents for each path is the
plan. Draft-iesg-sponsoring is intended to fulfill the secondary role.
Draft-klensin-rfc-independent also has a secondary role, talking
about the independent submissions.
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