Re: [urn] Authorship Re: I-D Action: draft-ietf-urnbis-rfc3406bis-urn-ns-reg-02.txt

Peter Saint-Andre <> Sun, 25 March 2012 23:46 UTC

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On 3/26/12 1:24 AM, Alfred � wrote:

> If you can commit time to actually perform work on the rfc3406bis
> draft, I'll readily agree, and you'll of course be listed on the
> front page of the next draft version.  Otherwise, if you would prefer
> being listed in a distinct "Contributors" section -- maybe including
> contact information, then please let me know.

Alfred, this is not accepted practice at the IETF.

Please look at, say, RFC 2616 and RFC 3986, on which Tim Berners-Lee
didn't do significant work (as far as I know), yet he was still credited
as an author. Or draft-ietf-iri-3987bis (to choose a current example),
on which Michel Suignard has not contributed actively; here again he was
active in working on RFC 3987 but not the bis document, yet he is still
credited as an author.

In my opinion it is simply disrespectful to remove the old authors when
the new documents are very much progressions of the old documents, not
complete rewrites. (Notice how the new document in the HTTPBIS WG do in
fact remove original authors like Tim Berners-Lee, because they are very
significant rewrites, not minor updates.)


Peter Saint-Andre