Re: "why I quit writing internet standards"

Wesley Eddy <wes@mti-systems.com> Wed, 16 April 2014 14:01 UTC

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Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:01:31 -0400
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On 4/16/2014 9:31 AM, Thomas Clausen wrote:
> 
> 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....
> 


If there's no running code, or pretty concrete plans and commitments
to get there, then there's really no need for an Experimental RFC that
will get a number and last forever.  An I-D that expires in direct
conjunction with the interest and energy in it is just fine.

Experimental RFCs are for things that we're encouraging folks to get
out and play with in multiple implementations, perhaps on the real
Internet or under some specific conditions, but which may have sharp
edges or explode on impact, and need a bit more work to figure out
if we can seriously recommend the world to depend on them as Standards.

-- 
Wes Eddy
MTI Systems