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Improving Awareness of Running Code: The Implementation Status Section (RFC6982) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000229279D
Original Publication Date: 2013-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2013-Jul-18
Document File: 18 page(s) / 19K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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Y. Sheffer: AUTHOR [+1]


Most IETF participants are familiar with the saying "rough consensus and running code" [Tao] and can identify with its pragmatic approach. However, implementation is not a requirement for publication as an RFC. There are many examples of Internet-Drafts containing protocol specification that have gone through to publication as Proposed Standard RFCs without implementation. Some of them may never get implemented.

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                        Y. Sheffer Request for Comments: 6982                                      Porticor Category: Experimental                                         A. Farrel ISSN: 2070-1721                                                  Juniper                                                                July 2013

  Improving Awareness of Running Code: The Implementation Status Section


   This document describes a simple process that allows authors of    Internet-Drafts to record the status of known implementations by    including an Implementation Status section.  This will allow    reviewers and working groups to assign due consideration to documents    that have the benefit of running code, which may serve as evidence of    valuable experimentation and feedback that have made the implemented    protocols more mature.

   The process in this document is offered as an experiment.  Authors of    Internet-Drafts are encouraged to consider using the process for    their documents, and working groups are invited to think about    applying the process to all of their protocol specifications.  The    authors of this document intend to collate experiences with this    experiment and to report them to the community.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is    published for examination, experimental implementation, and    evaluation.

   This document defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet    community.  This document is a product of the Internet Engineering    Task Force (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF    community.  It has received public review and has been approved for    publication by the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Not    all documents approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of    Internet Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,    and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at

 Sheffer & Farrel              Experimental                      [Page 1]
 RFC 6982                      Running Code                     July 2013

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