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

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Original Publication Date: 1990-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-11
Document File: 4 page(s) / 5K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

G.S. Malkin: AUTHOR [+1]

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC1150: DOI

Abstract

This memo 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. [Also FYI 1.]

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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.

Malkin & Reynolds [Page 1]

RFC 1150 F.Y.I. on F.Y.I. March 1990

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 not specify any standard. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

5. Distribution Statement

Each FYI is to also include a "distribution statement". As the purpose of the FYI series is to disseminate information, there is no reason for the distribution to be anything other than "unlimited".

Typically, the distribution statement will sim...

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