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A Practice for Revoking Posting Rights to IETF Mailing Lists (RFC3683)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022359D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-May-21
Document File: 14 page(s) / 16K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

M. Rose: AUTHOR

Abstract

All self-governing bodies have ways of managing the scope of participant interaction. The IETF uses a consensus-driven process for developing computer-communications standards in an open fashion. An important part of this consensus-driven process is the pervasive use of mailing lists for discussion. Notably, in a small number of cases, a participant has engaged in a "denial-of-service" attack to disrupt the consensus-driven process. Regrettably, as these bad faith attacks become more common, the IETF needs to establish a practice that reduces or eliminates these attacks. This memo recommends such a practice for use by the IETF.

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Network Working Group                                            M. Rose
Request for Comments: 3683                  Dover Beach Consulting, Inc.
BCP: 83                                                       March 2004
Category: Best Current Practice


      A Practice for Revoking Posting Rights to IETF Mailing Lists

Status of this Memo

   This document specifies an Internet Best Current Practices for the
   Internet Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
   improvements.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2004). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   All self-governing bodies have ways of managing the scope of
   participant interaction.  The IETF uses a consensus-driven process
   for developing computer-communications standards in an open fashion.
   An important part of this consensus-driven process is the pervasive
   use of mailing lists for discussion.  Notably, in a small number of
   cases, a participant has engaged in a "denial-of-service" attack to
   disrupt the consensus-driven process.  Regrettably, as these bad
   faith attacks become more common, the IETF needs to establish a
   practice that reduces or eliminates these attacks.  This memo
   recommends such a practice for use by the IETF.

Rose                     Best Current Practice                  [Page 1]
RFC 3683        Revocation Practice: IETF Mailing Lists       March 2004


Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  A Revocation Practice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   3.  Acknowledgements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   4.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   5.  Normative References. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   Appendix -  Q & A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   Author's Address. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
   Full Copyright Statement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13

Rose                     Best Current Practice                  [Page 2]
RFC 3683        Revocation Practice: IETF Mailing Lists       March 2004


1.  Introduction

   All self-governing bodies have ways of managing the scope of
   participant interaction.  For example, deliberative assemblies often
   employ "rules of order" for determining who gets to speak, when, and
   for how long.  Similarly, there is widespread agreement in so-called
   "liberal" societies that the right to free speech is not absolute,
   e.g., political speech is given more leeway than commercial speech,
   and some forms of speech (e.g., egregious libel or incitement...