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Network Working Group G. Malkin Request for Comments: 1150 Proteon FYI: 1 J. Reynolds

                                                            March 1990
                          F.Y.I. on F.Y.I.
                  Introduction to the F.Y.I. Notes

Status of this Memo

 This RFC is the first in a new sub-series of RFCs called FYIs (For
 Your Information).  This memo provides information for the Internet
 community.  It does not specify any standard.  Distribution of this
 memo is unlimited.

1. Introduction

 The FYI series of notes is designed to provide Internet users with a
 central repository of information about any topics which relate to
 the Internet.  FYIs topics may range from historical memos on "Why it
 was was done this way" to answers to commonly asked operational
 The FYIs are intended for a wide audience.  Some FYIs will cater to
 beginners, while others will discuss more advanced topics.  An FYI
 may be submitted by anyone who has something to contribute and has
 the time to do so.

2. Why RFCs

 There are several reasons why the FYIs are part of the larger RFC
 series of notes.  The formost reason is that the distribution
 mechanisms for RFCs are tried and true.  Anyone who can get an RFC,
 can automatically get an FYI.  More importantly, anyone who knows of
 the RFC series, can easily find out about the FYIs.
 Another reason for making FYIs part of the RFC series is that the
 maintainance mechanisms for RFCs are already in place and funded.  It
 makes sense to maintain similar documents is a similar way.  After
 all, there have been informational RFCs before.
 Finally, the name RFC has come to carry a meaning with it.  There is
 credibility associated memos carrying the RFC label.  FYIs should
 share that respect.

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3. Format Rules

 Since the FYIs are a part of the RFC series, they must conform to
 RFC-1111 (Request for Comments on Request for Comments: Instructions
 to RFC Authors) with respect to format.  Ideally, they should be
 submitted in ASCII format, as described by section 2a, of RFC-1111.

4. Status Statement

 Each RFC must include on its first page the "Status of this Memo"
 section which contains a paragraph describing the intention of the
 RFC.  This section is meant to convey the status granted by the RFC
 Editor and the Internet Activities Board (IAB).  There are several
 reasons for publishing a memo as an RFC, for example, to make
 available some information for interested people, or to begin or
 continue a discussion of an interesting idea, or to make available
 the specification of a protocol.
 For example:
 This RFC is the first in a new sub-series of RFCs called FYIs (For
 Your Information).  This memo provides information for the Internet
 community.  It does not specify any standard.  Distribution of this
 memo is unlimited.

5. Distribution Statement

 Each FYI is to also include a "distribution statement".  As the
 purpose of the FYI series is to disseminate information, there is no
 reason for the distribution to be anything other than "unlimited".
 Typically, the distribution statement will simply be the sentence
 "Distribution of this memo is unlimited." appended to the "Status of
 this Memo" section.

6. Security Considerations

 All FYIs must contain a section that discusses the security
 considerations of the procedures that are the main topic of the RFC.

7. Author's Address

 Each FYI must have at the very end a section giving the author's
 address, including the name and postal address, the telephone number,
 and the Internet email address.

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8. Relation to other FYIs

 Sometimes an FYI adds information on a topic discussed in a previous
 FYI or completely replaces an earlier FYI.  There are two terms used
 for these cases respectively, UPDATES and OBSOLETES.  A document that
 obsoletes an earlier document can stand on its own.  A document that
 merely updates an earlier document cannot stand on its own; it is
 something that must be added to or inserted into the existing
 document, and has limited usefulness independently.
    To be used as a reference from a new item that cannot be used
    alone (i.e., one that supplements a previous document), to refer
    to the previous document.  The newer publication is a part that
    will supplement or be added on to the existing document; e.g., an
    addendum, or separate, extra information that is to be added to
    the original document.
    To be used to refer to an earlier document that is replaced by
    this document.  This document contains either revised information,
    or else all of the same information plus some new information,
    however extensive or brief that new information is; i.e., this
    document can be used alone, without reference to the older
    To be used to refer to the newer document that replaces the older
    To be used to refer to the newer document that adds information to
    the existing, still useful, document.

9. The FYI Editors

 All FYIs are submitted to the IETF User Services Working Group for
 review prior to their submission to the RFC Editor.
 Submissions may be made to:

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       Joyce K. Reynolds
       Chair, User Services Working Group
       USC - Information Sciences Institute
       4676 Admiralty Way
       Marina del Rey, California  90292-6695
       Phone: (213) 822-1511
       Electronic mail: JKREY@ISI.EDU

10. The FYI Announcement List

 New FYIs are announced to the RFC distribution list maintained by the
 SRI Network Information Center (NIC).  Contact the SRI-NIC to be
 added or deleted from this mailing list by sending an email message

11. Obtaining FYIs

 FYIs can be obtained via FTP from NIC.DDN.MIL, with the pathname
 FYI:mm.TXT, or RFC:RFCnnnn.TXT (where "mm" refers to the number of
 the FYI and "nnnn" refers to the number of the RFC).  Login with FTP,
 username ANONYMOUS and password GUEST.  The NIC also provides an
 automatic mail service for those sites which cannot use FTP.  Address
 the request to SERVICE@NIC.DDN.MIL and in the subject field of the
 message indicate the FYI or RFC number, as in "Subject: FYI mm" or
 "Subject: RFC nnnn".

Security Considerations

 Security issues are not discussed in this memo.

Authors' Addresses

 Gary Scott Malkin
 Proteon, Inc.
 2 Technology Drive
 Westborough, MA  01581-5008
 Phone:  (508) 898-2800
 Joyce K. Reynolds
 USC/Information Sciences Institute
 4676 Admiralty Way
 Marina del Rey, CA  90292-6695
 Phone:  (213) 822-1511

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