Re: [quicwg/base-drafts] ECN text refers to RTO (#2534)

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Fixing the naming(retransmission timeout to probe timeout) is trivial, but I'm not sure what to recommend here for when to disable ECN.  Also, probe timeouts don't occur until the handshake is complete, is that a problem?

One idea that's somewhat in keeping with RFC3168 would be to disable ECN on crypto handshake timeouts and probe timeouts, and if the un-marked packets get through and the marked do not, disable ECN.  But even that is subject to random loss and I believe is likely to spuriously trigger.  We could disable ECN temporarily on only the second timeout, to reduce the chance of spurious disabling?

RFC8311( says we can do something different from 3168 if we document it, but doesn't specify what.

Is there some useful RFC I can cite that I haven't found, or are we on our own in designing a mechanism here?

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