Re: Last Call: <draft-leiba-cotton-iana-5226bis-12.txt> (Guidelines for Writing an IANA Considerations Section in RFCs) to Best Current Practice

"HANSEN, TONY L" <tony@att.com> Mon, 06 June 2016 10:18 UTC

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From: "HANSEN, TONY L" <tony@att.com>
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Subject: Re: Last Call: <draft-leiba-cotton-iana-5226bis-12.txt> (Guidelines for Writing an IANA Considerations Section in RFCs) to Best Current Practice
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On 6/5/16, 5:10 PM, "ietf on behalf of Barry Leiba" <ietf-bounces@ietf.org on behalf of barryleiba@computer.org> wrote:
>
>Yes, as you say (and as I say), the point is to do what's right.  I
>contend that in most cases, the right thing is to update the reference
>*when we produce a more current reference*.  If we have not done that,
>then we should not do that.
>
>And also as you say (and as I say), we always want to leave
>flexibility to use our heads and do the right thing.  That's why I'm
>very happy to move away from the "in no case" phrase, to something
>such as "in most cases."  I pretty much *always* want to allow people
>to make sensible judgments, and not to stand behind firm, inflexible
>rules.

Phwew!

I think there is consensus on this: The authors are expected to do the right thing. In most cases, but not all, the right thing to do is to update a reference when the previous reference is obsoleted. One size does not fit all.

Barry, do you have updated text to capture the outcome of this long thread?

	Tony Hansen