Re: BCP97bis

Brian E Carpenter <brian.e.carpenter@gmail.com> Sun, 17 October 2021 19:50 UTC

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From: Brian E Carpenter <brian.e.carpenter@gmail.com>
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On 18-Oct-21 07:04, John C Klensin wrote:
> 
> 
> --On Sunday, October 17, 2021 17:13 +0000 "Salz, Rich"
> <rsalz=40akamai.com@dmarc.ietf.org> wrote:
> 
>>   *   To make a stable reference in an unstable world, add a
>> date.
>>
>> Or add text "retrieved on xxx xxx xxx" like Wikipedia
>> often does.
> 
> That makes it clear what is being referenced, which is good.
> Absent other provisions/ requirements, it does nothing to
> guarantee that the content will be there when someone goes
> looking for it years (or decades) later.

Indeed. I've used that formulation in academic publications,
and in my mind it's an abbreviation for "I apologise if this
citation is no longer valid when you happen to look for it,
and I would have preferred a properly archived reference but
I was too lazy to find one."

Which isn't really good enough for a normative reference in
a standard, of course.

    Brian