IETF Identification and Security Guidelines (RFC2323)
Original Publication Date: 1998-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
This RFC is meant to represent a guideline by which the IETF conferences may run more effeciently with regards to identification and security protocols, with specific attention paid to a particular sub-group within the IETF: "facial hairius extremis".
Network Working Group A. Ramos
Request for Comments: 2323 ISI
Category: Informational 1 April 1998
IETF Identification and Security Guidelines
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Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998). All Rights Reserved.
This RFC is meant to represent a guideline by which the IETF
conferences may run more effeciently with regards to identification
and security protocols, with specific attention paid to a particular
sub-group within the IETF: "facial hairius extremis".
This document will shed further illumination on these problems and
provide some possible solutions.
This memo provides entertainment for the Internet community. It does
not specify an Internet standard of any kind, but is rather
unstandard, actually. Please laugh loud and hard.
It has come to the attention of THEY  that a certain "facial
hairius extremesis" of the male variety of the species "homo sapien"
of the sub-culture "computeris extrordinarisis" have overrun the IETF
conferences and thus led to the break-down of many identification and
3. Per Capita (Anecdotal) Evidence
While collecting research about the sub-group "facial hairius
extremis" (FHE), it was noted that the per capita appearance of FHEs
at IETFs was largely disproportional with the existence of FHEs in
the world-at-large. In fact, the existence of facial hair at all
within the IETF community is extraordinarily common among the males
of the group. Apart from ZZ-Top and WWF Wrestling, it is not
possible to find more facial hair within any occupational group. In
this author's own experience the average amount of men with long-term
facial hair is less than 20%. Long-term versus short-term facial
hair is a very important distinction as short-term facial hair, also
known as the temporary illness "goatee universitis" (which symptoms
range from full goatees to the less popular chin-goatee) is a common
affliction for university-based males. Per capita (temporary) facial
hair can go as high as 40%. However, among the males of the IETF the
per capita long-term facial hair is as high as 60% .
Ordinarily, this abundance of long-term FHE would not require that an
RFC be written. However, increasingly there have been issues
regarding mistaken identification. For security purposes as well as
ease of identification, this RFC will serve to clarify these issues
and hopefully provide a solution for them.
4. Mistaken Identification Syndrome (or "Are you --jon. or Scott?")
I was speaking to a very well-known network researcher, I'll call him
--jon., who tells me that he is often mistaken for a SOBbing...