Re: [link-relations] NEW RELATION REQUEST - pingback

Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de> Thu, 07 April 2011 18:52 UTC

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Cc: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, link-relations@ietf.org
Subject: Re: [link-relations] NEW RELATION REQUEST - pingback
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On 11.08.2010 05:35, Mark Nottingham wrote:
> ...
> If you meet the "RFC or Open Standard" test, it's possible to register it.
>
> Note that publishing on the independent submission Informational RFC track isn't really "through the IETF process" -- it's at the discretion of the RFC Editor, which is a separate entity. See:
>    http://www.rfc-editor.org/indsubs.html
>    http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc4846
>    http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc5742
>
> While I can't say that it's necessarily a quick process, the amount of work involved (beyond draft formatting) is relatively low, and there are a few upsides, including:
>
> 1) RFCs are institutionally guaranteed not to change over time; you say that the spec is frozen, but there aren't checks or balances, nor conventions in place, to prevent future changes.
> 2) When you die and your Web site disappears, an RFC will have a better chance of persisting in an unambiguous state.
> ...

Assuming we are ok with the content, but not with the *location* of the 
spec, there may be an easy way to fix this.

For instance,

- use 
<http://replay.waybackmachine.org/20090228033516/http://hixie.ch/specs/pingback/pingback> 
as reference, or

- have Ian send the spec as attachment to the www-archive mailing list, 
and then link to the attachment in the mail archive.

Best regards, Julian