“Request for Comments”

Great story about the origin of “Request for Comments” as the title for Internet standards documents:

In the summer of 1968, a small group of graduate students from the first four host sites—UCLA, SRI, UC Santa Barbara, and the University of Utah— had met in Santa Barbara. They knew that the network was being planned, but they’d been given few details beyond that.…

A month or so after the new group began meeting, it became clear to [Steve] Crocker and others that they had better start accumulating notes on the discussions. If the meetings themselves were less than conclusive, perhaps the act of writing something down would help order their thoughts. Crocker volunteered to write the first minutes. He was an extremely considerate young man, sensitive to others. “I remember having great...

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