On Tue, 10 Mar 2009 14:21:00 -0400
Richard M Stallman <rms(_at_)gnu(_dot_)org> wrote:
Steve Bellovin wrote:
Other than giving up the RFC label for Experimental documents,
it's hard to see what the IETF can do.
Another thing the IETF could do is stop publishing this sort of
document. Anyone that might ask the IETF to publish one can easily
publish it on Internet himself.
In the cases where an experimental RFC is useful, how is it more
useful for the Internet than publication of the same information in
some other way? Long ago, before search engines, perhaps interested
people would not have found it elsewhere, but that isn't true now.
For the same reason that people publish in conferences and journals --
experimental RFCs are peer-reviewed and accessible via a stable
Of course, the notion of peer review, especially for for-profit
journals, has also been challenged, and for the same reasons you cite.
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb
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