Re: Thought experiment [Re: Quality of Directorate reviews]

Michael Richardson <> Fri, 08 November 2019 01:07 UTC

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Subject: Re: Thought experiment [Re: Quality of Directorate reviews]
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Keith Moore <> wrote:
    > On 11/7/19 3:19 PM, Michael Richardson wrote:
    >> Keith Moore <> wrote:
    >> > This is where the biggest disconnect between 2026 and reality is.   If the
    >> > reality is that industry is going to deploy implementations at Proposed
    >> > Standard or sooner (and as far as I can tell, that's been reality for as long
    >> > as there's been an Internet "industry"), it makes sense for IETF to recognize
    >> > that and react accordingly.
    >> You are saying this as if it's a bug.
    >> It's not!  It's by design.
    >> We deploy at PS in order to find out if there is interoperability.

    > My first impression is that this is indeed a bug, a tremendous disservice to
    > Internet users.   But I remind myself that automatic software update is
    > becoming increasingly common.   So at least for products that are certain to
    > be run on Internet-connected hosts (as opposed to, say, on air-gapped
    > networks), and for which secure update can be provided, there might be
    > cases

An alternative view is that air-gapped systems should only run Internet

    > I could imagine that rather than the initial RFC being at PS, it could be
    > (for some cases, probably not all) at something akin to what Draft Standard
    > used to be - interop testing already done by the time the initial RFC is
    > published, with any changes made as a result of the testing incorporated into
    > that RFC.

I think that we kept the wrong two steps!

    >> > If we want there to be a prototype "just for testing" status, it should
    >> > probably be called something other than Proposed - the name has come to mean
    >> > something else in IETF context.   And we should deliberately change one or
    >> > more protocol elements to make the standard incompatible with
    >> We do "just for testing" regularly at the internet-draft stage.

    > yeah, and it doesn't make sense to go through the whole RFC publication
    > process just to agree on a specification to test to.

Michael Richardson <>ca>, Sandelman Software Works
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