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From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  Request For Comments
  RFC
  
      (RFC) One of a series, begun in 1969, of numbered
     Internet informational documents and standards widely
     followed by commercial software and freeware in the
     Internet and Unix communities.  Few RFCs are standards but
     all Internet standards are recorded in RFCs.  Perhaps the
     single most influential RFC has been RFC 822, the Internet
     electronic mail format standard.
  
     The RFCs are unusual in that they are floated by technical
     experts acting on their own initiative and reviewed by the
     Internet at large, rather than formally promulgated through an
     institution such as ANSI.  For this reason, they remain
     known as RFCs even once adopted as standards.
  
     The RFC tradition of pragmatic, experience-driven,
     after-the-fact standard writing done by individuals or small
     working groups has important advantages over the more formal,
     committee-driven process typical of ANSI or ISO.
  
     Emblematic of some of these advantages is the existence of a
     flourishing tradition of "joke" RFCs; usually at least one a
     year is published, usually on April 1st.  Well-known joke RFCs
     have included 527 ("ARPAWOCKY", R. Merryman, UCSD; 22 June
     1973), 748 ("Telnet Randomly-Lose Option", Mark R. Crispin; 1
     April 1978), and 1149 ("A Standard for the Transmission of IP
     Datagrams on Avian Carriers", D. Waitzman, BBN STC; 1 April
     1990).  The first was a Lewis Carroll pastiche; the second a
     parody of the TCP/IP documentation style, and the third a
     deadpan skewering of standards-document legalese, describing
     protocols for transmitting Internet data packets by carrier
     pigeon.
  
     The RFCs are most remarkable for how well they work - they
     manage to have neither the ambiguities that are usually rife
     in informal specifications, nor the committee-perpetrated
     misfeatures that often haunt formal standards, and they
     define a network that has grown to truly worldwide
     proportions.
  
     http://rfc.net/)">rfc.net (http://rfc.net/).
     W3
     http://w3.org/hypertext/DataSources/Archives/RFC_sites.html)">(http://w3.org/hypertext/DataSources/Archives/RFC_sites.html).
     ftp://nic.ja.net/pub/newsfiles/JIPS/rfc)">JANET UK FTP (ftp://nic.ja.net/pub/newsfiles/JIPS/rfc).
     ftp://src.doc.ic.ac.uk/rfc/)">Imperial College, UK FTP (ftp://src.doc.ic.ac.uk/rfc/).
     http://nexor.com/public/rfc/index/rfc.html)">Nexor UK (http://nexor.com/public/rfc/index/rfc.html).
     Ohio State U
     http://cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet/top.html)">(http://cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet/top.html).
  
     See also For Your Information, STD.
  
     (1997-11-10)
  

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