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[rpd] Policy ID format
adam at varud.com
Tue Oct 28 08:24:25 UTC 2014
We did indeed consider that. Putting in the year opens us up to that issue
1. The 'af' prefix is not delimited from the year. This helps people know
it's not a date (i.e. af2015-4 instead of af-2015-4).
2. The final version will only have the year and number and so it won't
look like a date (i.e. af2015-4).
3. Draft versions have the 'v' prefix - which helps disambiguate the format
from a date (i.e. af2015-4-v3).
Context should also help here. These IDs will typically only be used on
the rpd list, on the Afrinic website, or on sites aggregating RIR
policies. Although the year being included gives 'dateness' to the ID, we
really wanted that metadata in there in order to show some timeframe to the
Does that address your concern?
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On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 11:10 AM, Dr Paulos Nyirenda <paulos at sdnp.org.mw>
> 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 varud.com> 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):
> > afYYYY-NNN-vVVV
> > 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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