[ih] Simple question
faber at ISI.EDU
Mon Aug 20 17:26:09 PDT 2001
On Mon, Aug 20, 2001 at 04:01:39PM +0700, Rahmat M. Samik-Ibrahim wrote:
> But, I still have no idea on since when and why exactly
> there exists "a 6 months expire limit" for Internet Drafts.
This requirement exists (in part) to avoid the problem you started out
by bringing up. An ID lasts at most 6 months to discourage people
from referencing them. The writers are explicitly freed from any
concerns related to keeping them available because they're defined to
be ephemeral. They're less citable than e-mail.
To my (limited) knowledge, this type of document is unique to (or at
least originated in) the Internet community. Can anyone confirm, deny
or add any background?
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