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Internet Engineering Task Force Statements Of Boredom (SOBs) (RFC1438) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002266D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 2 page(s) / 3K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

A. Lyman Chapin: AUTHOR [+1]


Status of this Memo

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Network Working Group L. Chapin

Request for Comments: 1438 BBN

C. Huitema


1 April 1993

Internet Engineering Task Force

Statements Of Boredom (SOBs)

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is



The current IETF process has two types of RFCs: standards track

documents and other RFCs (e.g., informational, experimental, FYIs).

The intent of the standards track documents is clear, and culminates

in an official Internet Standard. Informational RFCs can be

published on a less formal basis, subject to the reasonable

constraints of the RFC Editor. Informational RFCs are not subject to

peer review and carry no significance whatsoever within the IETF


The IETF currently has no mechanism or means of publishing documents

that express its deep concern about something important, but

otherwise contain absolutely no useful information whatsoever. This

document creates a new subseries of RFCs, entitled, IETF Statements

Of Boredom (SOBs). The SOB process is similar to that of the normal

standards track. The SOB is submitted to the IAB, the IRSG, the

IESG, the SOB Editor (Morpheus), and the Academie Francais for

review, analysis, reproduction in triplicate, translation into ASN.1,

and distribution to Internet insomniacs. However, once everyone has

approved the document by falling asleep over it, the process ends and

the document is discarded. The resulting vacuum is viewed as having

the technical approval of the IETF, but it is not, and cannot become,

an official Internet Standard.


[1] Internet Activities Board, "The Internet Standards Process", RFC

1310, IAB, March 1992.

[2] Postel, J., Editor, "IAB OFFICIAL PROTOCOL STANDARDS", RFC 1410,

IAB, March 1993.

Security Considerations

Security issues are not discussed in this memo, but then again, no

other issues of any importance are discussed in this memo either.

Authors' Addresses

A. Lyman Chapin

Bolt, Beranek & Newman

Mail Stop 20/5b

150 Cambridge Park Drive

Cambridge, MA 02140


Phone: 1 617 873 3133

EMail: Lyman@BBN.COM

Christian Huitema

INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis

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