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FYI on FYI: Introduction to the FYI Notes (RFC1150)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000001961D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 4 page(s) / 7K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

G.S. Malkin: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The FYI series of notes is designed to provide Internet users with a central repository of information about any topics which relate to the Internet. FYIs topics may range from historical memos on "Why it was was done this way" to answers to commonly asked operational questions.

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Network Working Group G. Malkin

Request for Comments: 1150 Proteon

FYI: 1 J. Reynolds

ISI

March 1990

F.Y.I. on F.Y.I.

Introduction to the F.Y.I. Notes

Status of this Memo

This RFC is the first in a new sub-series of RFCs called FYIs (For

Your Information). This memo provides information for the Internet

community. It does not specify any standard. Distribution of this

memo is unlimited.

1. Introduction

The FYI series of notes is designed to provide Internet users with a

central repository of information about any topics which relate to

the Internet. FYIs topics may range from historical memos on "Why it

was was done this way" to answers to commonly asked operational

questions.

The FYIs are intended for a wide audience. Some FYIs will cater to

beginners, while others will discuss more advanced topics. An FYI

may be submitted by anyone who has something to contribute and has

the time to do so.

2. Why RFCs

There are several reasons why the FYIs are part of the larger RFC

series of notes. The formost reason is that the distribution

mechanisms for RFCs are tried and true. Anyone who can get an RFC,

can automatically get an FYI. More importantly, anyone who knows of

the RFC series, can easily find out about the FYIs.

Another reason for making FYIs part of the RFC series is that the

maintainance mechanisms for RFCs are already in place and funded. It

makes sense to maintain similar documents is a similar way. After

all, there have been informational RFCs before.

Finally, the name RFC has come to carry a meaning with it. There is

credibility associated memos carrying the RFC label. FYIs should

share that respect.

3. Format Rules

Since the FYIs are a part of the RFC series, they must conform to

RFC-1111 (Request for Comments on Request for Comments: Instructions

to RFC Authors) with respect to format. Ideally, they should be

submitted in ASCII format, as described by section 2a, of RFC-1111.

4. Status Statement

Each RFC must include on its first page the "Status of this Memo"

section which contains a paragraph describing the intention of the

RFC. This section is meant to convey the status granted by the RFC

Editor and the Internet Activities Board (IAB). There are several

reasons for publishing a memo as an RFC, for example, to make

available some information for interested people, or to begin or

continue a discussion of an interesting idea, or to make available

the specification of a protocol.

For example:

This RFC is the first in a new sub-series of RFCs called FYIs (For

Your Information). This memo provides information for the Internet

community. It does ...