[rfc-i] acknowledging reviewers name in RFCs

Michael Richardson <mcr+ietf@sandelman.ca> Thu, 30 May 2019 19:06 UTC

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I wrote this back on May 8, but I don't see it in the archives via IMAP.
A recent change to spam filtering means I've fallen off many lists, so I am
reposting.   I had CC'ed this to IESG.  It seems I emailed
rfc-interest@ietf.org, which was wrong, even though it's all hosted on ietf servers.

Benjamin wrote an email email to tools-discuss awhile ago about how to find
who did a review reminded me of some things that I'd like to have in
published RFCs. I believe that it will help with getting more non-authoring
volunteers into our process if we more publically and formally acknowledge them.

I'd like to have a standard way to show who was:
 1) WG chair and AD stick-handling of a document.
 2) Document Shepherd
 3) Area reviews, and detailed individual reviews

While many authors put many of these things into Acknowledgements, it's not
in a standard format, and it's not easily pulled out in the XML.
(Such as by Jari's scripts)

I know that overall RFC version 3 format is done in RFC7991.
I looked through 7991, wondering if there is a way to do this simply, but
my naive eyes don't see anything that can be abused or extended.
It seems like we want to have additional "author"-like sections in the
<back>.  It seems that we would need a new section equivalent to references.

But, before offering a specific solution, I'd like to find out how we would
get consensus that this is a correct thing to do.  rfc-interest is not a wG.
Yes, I can write an Internet Draft, and having a clear problem statment is
probably a good thing.
I'm not sure who would approve: would it be the IESG/GenAD?

Michael Richardson <mcr+IETF@sandelman.ca>ca>, Sandelman Software Works
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