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    Examples of cases where publication is harmful
    by Anonymous on Wednesday April 14 2004, @07:43PM (#13392)
    http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-iesg-rfc ed-documents-01.txt

    Examples of cases where publication is harmful

          This section gives a couple of examples where it might be appropriate
          to delay or prevent publishing of a document due to conflict with
          IETF work. It forms part of the background material, not a part of
          the procedure.

          Publish While Waiting: In 2003, the V6OPS WG was working on
          establishing evaluation criteria for the family of mechanisms known
          as "IPv6 transition mechanisms". The author of one of these
          mechanisms asked for publication as Experimental. The judgment of the
          WG chairs at the time was that publication of this document would
          remove sufficient energy from the group that the evaluation criteria
          work would not be finished, and the IETF would be unable to make a
          well thought out choice between mechanisms to pursue. Thus, the WG
          asked for this document not to be published at that time.

          Rejected Alternative Bypass: A WG is working on a solution to a
          problem, and a participant decides to ask for publication of a
          solution that the WG has rejected. Publication of the document will
          give the publishing party an RFC number to refer to before the WG is
          finished. It seems better to have the WG product published first, and
          have the non-adopted document published later, with a clear
          disclaimer note saying that "the IETF technology for this function is
          X". Example: Photuris (RFC 2522), which was published after IKE (RFC

          Inappropriate Reuse of "free" Bits: In 2003, a proposal for an
          experimental RFC was published that wanted to reuse the high bits of
          the "fragment offset" part of the IP header for another purpose.
          There is no IANA consideration saying how these bits can be
          repurposed - but the standard defines a specific meaning for them.
          The IESG concluded that implementations of this experiment risked
          causing hard-to-debug interoperability problems, and recommended not
          publishing the document in the RFC series. The RFC Editor accepted
          the recommendation.

          Note: in general, the IESG has no problem with rejected alternatives
          being made available to the community; such publications can be a
          valuable contribution to the technical literature. However, it is
          necessary to avoid confusion with the alternatives the working group
          did adopt.

          The RFC series is one of many available publication channels; this
          document takes no position on the question of which documents the RFC
          series is appropriate for - this is a matter for discussion in the
          IETF community.
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