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Re: archives (was The other parts of the report....

2004-09-11 16:54:33
Sorry folks ... this is definitely a distinctly separate
thread from The Report.  :)  



I'm not sure whether this puts me in agreement with Paul
Hoffman's "re-flogging" comment or not, but The Report was
presented to the community as not interacting with the Standards
Process at all.  Well, the issues about how to handle expired
I-Ds, whether or not they expire, etc., etc., are definitely
connected with the Standards Process.  So we either need to
redefine what the report, and discussions about the report, are
about, or this discussion needs to be taken into a distinctly
separate thread.

Just my opinion, of course.

--On Saturday, 11 September, 2004 13:48 -0700 Carl Malamud
<carl(_at_)media(_dot_)org> wrote:

Ole -

I agree that the IETF has a special responsibility to properly
present the archive ... we can't simply lay a big ftp
directory out there and make no efforts to show how a
particular file fits in context.

On the other hand, could certainly beg/borrow/steal
some of  the work being done in places like and   Some things that could be done include:

1. Add some clear text that explains the role of the i-d
historical repository

2. Link to previous and future versions of a draft (including
any resulting  RFC)

3. Link to any relevant mailing list discussions

4. Find related drafts or place the draft in the context of a
working group

5. Add a very clear indication that the particular document in
question is "Expired"

As to citing work-in-progress instead of the final standard,
well, hmmm ... if we don't have our own repository, there
isn't much we can do.  On the other hand, if a
customer/reader/journalist were able to go to and
pull up the document in question, perhaps it could be really
clear what the status is?  If we want to make clear that a
document is expired, it is much better to say so rather than
pretend it doesn't exist.



- Vendors are "stupid" and will claim compliance with a
work-in-progress document instead of a final standard. This
  is "very bad"

- Drafts often change along the way (including being
completely discarded as "bad ideas") and we should discard
  such snapshots in case someone gets the wrong idea from
  reading one.

Needless to say, I don't really buy these arguments. As
someone who publishes articles where the only existing
reference might be an ID at the time of writing, I believe
there are better mechanisms we could use (as we do with RFCs
and the "Obsoletes/Obsoleted by" tags).


Ole J. Jacobsen
Editor and Publisher,  The Internet Protocol Journal
Academic Research and Technology Initiatives, Cisco Systems
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