IETF Stream Documents Require IETF Rough Consensus
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Network Working Group                                 J. M. Halpern, Ed.
Internet-Draft                                                  Ericsson
Updates: 2026 (if approved)                          E. K. Rescorla, Ed.
Intended status: Best Current Practice                           Mozilla
Expires: 6 September 2020                                   5 March 2020

           IETF Stream Documents Require IETF Rough Consensus
          draft-halpern-gendispatch-consensusinformational-04

Abstract

   This document proposes that the IETF never publish any IETF Stream
   RFCs without IETF rough consensus.  This updates RFC 2026.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   3.  Action  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   4.  Discussion  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   5.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   6.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   7.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   8.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4

1.  Introduction

   IETF procedures, as defined by [RFC2026], allow for Informational or
   Experimental RFCs to be published without IETF rough consensus.  For
   context, it should be remembered that this RFC predates the
   separation of the various streams (e.g.  IRTF, IAB, and Independent.)
   When it was written, there were only "RFC"s.

   As a consequence, it was permitted for the IESG to approve an
   Internet Draft for publication as an RFC without IETF rough
   consensus.

2.  Terminology

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "NOT RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and
   "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in BCP
   14 [RFC2119] [RFC8174] when, and only when, they appear in all
   capitals, as shown here.

3.  Action

   The IETF MUST NOT publish RFCs on the IETF Stream without
   establishing IETF rough consensus for publication.

4.  Discussion

   The IETF procedures prior to publication of this BCP permited such
   informational or experimental publication without IETF rough
   consensus.  In 2007 the IESG issued a statement saying that no
   document will be issued without first conducting an IETF Last Call
   [IESG-STATE-AD].  While this apparently improved the situation,
   looking closely it made it worse.  Rather than publishing documents
   without verifying that there is rough consensus, as the wording in
   [RFC2026] suggests, this had the IESG explicitly publishing documents
   on the IETF Stream that have failed to achieve rough consensus.

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   One could argue that there is a need for publishing some documents
   that the community can not agree on.  However, we have an explicit
   path for such publication, namely the Independent Stream.  Or, for
   research documents, the IRTF Stream, which explicitly publishes many
   minority opinion Informational RFCs.

   If this proposal is not accepted, there is still a minor problem to
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