Re: "why I quit writing internet standards"

Dave Cridland <dave@cridland.net> Thu, 17 April 2014 14:26 UTC

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Subject: Re: "why I quit writing internet standards"
From: Dave Cridland <dave@cridland.net>
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On 16 April 2014 14:31, Thomas Clausen <ietf@thomasclausen.org> wrote:

> And, convincing the IESG to start treating "Experimental" as exactly what
> you describe (and what, I believe, they were intended for) is simply not
> doable?
>
> FWIW, my personal belief is that "running code" should be a requirement
> for anything going std. track -- and that a (mandatory) period as
> Experimental prior to go std. track would yield the stable spec against
> which to reasonably build code, and run (interoperability) tests, fix bugs,
> etc. If after (pulling a number out my hat here) a year as Experimental
> there's no running code, then that's probably a good indicator, also, as to
> if this is something the IETF should bother doing....
>
>
Instead of Experimental, maybe a state before the standards-track proper,
called "Proposed Standard", might work, beyond which you'd need two
interoperable implementations to demonstrate utility and functionality.

I appreciate it's a radical suggestion.

Dave.