Re: [Tools-discuss] Draft name prefixes

Daniel Kahn Gillmor <dkg@fifthhorseman.net> Thu, 11 April 2019 17:54 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Tools-discuss] Draft name prefixes
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On Tue 2019-04-09 22:47:45 -0400, Martin Thomson wrote:
> Maybe with an "If this is your first Internet-Draft submission" around it.
>
> There is a lot of noise on that page.  I wonder if it makes sense to
> cut that down to the bare essentials.  New submitters don't need to
> know about the API, for example.  There is an "Instructions" "tab".

It's almost as if that page was written as though it were an RFC :P It
appears to think of itself as a reference, not a tutorial or a howto.

Fwiw, i agree with Martin that taking a vicious editor's knife to that
and figuring out the most important stuff in a much simpler and shorter
document would make it more useful to a first-timer audience.  (doesn't
mean there's no place for a reference, of course).

I also note that https://www.ietf.org/standards/ids/guidelines/#6 says:

    It is strongly recommended that the draft include a notice (with
    email address) of where comments should be sent. For example:

    "Comments are solicited and should be addressed to the working
    group's mailing list at ___@______ and/or the author(s)."

And yet, it's not clear how to send edits to this 9-year-old document
itself (it could use at least some http→https fixes in 2019).

         --dkg