On 12 mrt 2009, at 21:08, Richard M Stallman wrote:
If experimental RFCs are peer-reviewed, that means they require a kimd
of approval. Others have expplained how this approval has an effect
on the public. I'm saying that the IETF should not give this
approval to patent-restricted practices.
Based on what you've said, the IETF could stop publishing experimental
RFCs and say "Submit it to a journal instead," and there would be
In general, journals don't publish protocol specifications.
And from where I'm sitting, publication as experimental is not so much
an approval by the IESG as a lack of approval to publish as standards
track. I'm sure that is lost on most people, though.
I don't think the world needs more experimental RFC that only serve to
legitimize a patent encumbered protocol, but not all experimental RFCs
fall into that class.
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