Dumb me. What are RFCs? Just guessing: Recommeded For Consideration?
Eugene Eric Kim wrote:
> I'd make two recommendations. I think it's great that people send out
> interesting links and articles, and while I agree with Eric that it's
> fairly overwhelming on this list, I think that's fine. If you have the
> time to follow the link and discover something useful in the process, more
> power to you. If you don't have time to follow the links, you're no worse
> off than you were before.
> I do think that we can do a better job of organizing the links from
> archived e-mails in a useful way. One solution, which has nice synergy
> with OHS development, is to create a localized back-link database from all
> of the e-mails posted to this list. The result would be something similar
> to the DayPop site that Alex brought to our attention (which,
> incidentally, I think is brilliant).
> To address Eric's main gripe, however, I'd propose a non-technical
> solution that, ironically enough, has its roots in Doug's lab 30 years
> ago: RFCs. If you'd like to bring something to people's attentions, just
> post it to the list. If you'd really like people to pay attention to
> something, put together an RFC.
> In the past few years, many open source communities have adopted this
> practice. In the Tcl community, all sorts of people would post all sorts
> of ideas and recommendations about features and so forth, and it was
> impossible for Ousterhout and others to treat all of these ideas equally.
> So the community developed TIPs -- Tcl Improvement Proposals.
> If you want to propose a feature, you write a TIP, and submit it. If
> accepted, the TIP gets assigned an ID, and is published under version
> control. There is a format for writing TIPs, and a procedure for
> discussing and voting on TIPs. TIPs are a wonderful mechanism for
> focusing attention and separating the wheat from the chaff. It's a good
> example of using formalisms when you're ready to use them.
> Other open source communities have adopted this practice, to good effect.
> Perl 6 development is a wonderful example of these RFC-style proposals in
> I think that we can use RFCs in our own community to good effect. For
> instance, many people in our community (including myself) believe that we
> should use a Groves-like architecture for the OHS. Jack has proposed an
> XTM-style API for manipulating information in the OHS. Other people have
> made very legitimate proposals, but the attention that these proposals
> have attracted has varied.
> I think the best way to draw more serious attention to these types of
> proposals is for their advocates to put together RFCs. We could appoint a
> librarian and develop our own procedures for creating, submitting, and
> discussing RFCs, modeled closely after other communities' procedures.
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