The IESG and RFC Editor Documents: Procedures (RFC3932)
Original Publication Date: 2004-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Oct-08
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
This document describes the IESG's procedures for handling documents submitted for RFC publication via the RFC Editor, subsequent to the changes proposed by the IESG at the Seoul IETF, March 2004.
Network Working Group H. Alvestrand
Request for Comments: 3932 October 2004
Updates: 3710, 2026
Category: Best Current Practice
The IESG and RFC Editor Documents: Procedures
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 (C) The Internet Society (2004).
This document describes the IESG's procedures for handling documents
submitted for RFC publication via the RFC Editor, subsequent to the
changes proposed by the IESG at the Seoul IETF, March 2004.
This document updates procedures described in RFC 2026 and RFC 3710.
1. Introduction and History
There are a number of different methods by which an RFC is published,
some of which include review in the Internet Engineering Task Force
(IETF), and some of which include approval by the Internet
Engineering Steering Group (IESG):
o IETF Working Group (WG) to Standards Track: Includes WG consensus,
review in the IETF, IETF Last Call, and IESG approval
o IETF WG to Experimental/Informational: Includes WG consensus,
review in the IETF, and IESG approval
o Area Director (AD) sponsored to Standards Track: Includes review
in the IETF, IETF Last Call, and IESG approval
o AD Sponsored Individual to Experimental/Informational: Includes
some form of review in the IETF and IESG approval
o Documents for which special rules exist
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RFC 3932 IESG and RFC Editor Documents: Procedures October 2004
o RFC Editor documents to Experimental/Informational
This memo is only concerned with the IESG processing of the last
Special rules apply to some documents, including documents from the
Internet Architecture Board (IAB), April 1st RFCs, and republication
of documents from other standards development organizations. The
IESG and the RFC Editor keep a running dialogue, in consultation with
the IAB, on these other documents and their classification, but they
are outside the scope of this memo.
For the last few years, the IESG has reviewed all RFC Editor
documents (documents submitted by individuals to the RFC Editor for
RFC publication) before publication. In 2003, this review was often
a full-scale review of technical content, with the ADs attempting to
clear points with the authors, stimulate revisions of the documents,
encourage the authors to contact appropriate working groups and so
on. This was a considerable...