FYI on FYI: Introduction to the FYI Notes (RFC1150)
Original Publication Date: 1990-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
G.S. Malkin: AUTHOR [+2]
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.
Network Working Group G. Malkin
Request for Comments: 1150 Proteon
FYI: 1 J. Reynolds
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.
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
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, ...