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[rpd] Policy ID format

Adam Nelson adam at
Mon Oct 27 12:16:11 UTC 2014

Dear community,

For the past few months, the Policy Development Working Group co-chairs
along with the Secretariat have been discussing the restructuring of Policy
IDs.  We currently have a very verbose system that embeds a bunch of
metadata into the ID.  While this metadata is useful, it is also cumbersome
to have within the ID and simply remembering the policy ID is almost

After much deliberation, we have come to agree on the following format for
all future policy proposals (where YYYY is the year, NNN is an incremental
number starting at 1 at the beginning of each year, and VVV is the version
of the proposal):


For example, the 2nd draft of the 3rd proposal of next year would be:


If the above policy proposal were to be finalized, the version would then
be dropped:


Hopefully this is short enough for people to remember easily.

All prior policies will be updated to the new ID with a field for the old
ID preserved for archival purposes.

If anybody has any specific concerns, please let us know.


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