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[rpd] Policy ID format

Dr Paulos Nyirenda paulos at
Tue Oct 28 08:10:22 UTC 2014


I have a concern that the NNN will most likely be confused with a month of the years YYYY if 
this is not properly put.

In you example below, 3 looks like the month March of the years 2015 and that would not be 
right if the incident time of the discussion was in January of 2015 or even November of 2015 
- it would get very confusing.

Did the co-chairs consider that?


Paulos (as myself)
Dr Paulos B Nyirenda
NIC.MW & .mw ccTLD

On 27 Oct 2014 at 15:16, Adam Nelson <adam at> wrote:

> 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 impossible.
> 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:
> af2015-3-v2
> If the above policy proposal were to be finalized, the version would
> then be dropped:
> af2015-3
> 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.
> Cheers,
> Adam
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