by Darius Kazemi, September 5 2019
RFC-248 was never issued.
Someone asked me recently why there are some RFC numbers that are not issued, rather than just filling in the RFC number with a new document.
My understanding is that RFC numbers were sometimes “reserved” with the Network Information Center for forthcoming papers. I believe that sometimes these papers never materialized, hence the RFC number without a document to go with it. I could be totally wrong on this.
In terms of today's RFC series and why nobody's ever gone back to fill these in, there are documents out there that state things like “RFC-248 was never issued”. If this were to change then those documents would go out of date. But... more on this in a future post about a long-lost RFC that I uncovered earlier this year.
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I'm Darius Kazemi. I'm an independent technologist and artist. I do a lot of work on the decentralized web with ActivityPub, including a Node.js reference implementation, an RSS-to-ActivityPub converter, and a fork of Mastodon, called Hometown. You can support my work via my Patreon.