Author: Robert Miles <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This RFC defines the format used by an RFC. RFCs in this system are stored as Markdown files with YAML front-matter. RFC files MAY be stored with any extension commonly used by markdown files.
This RFC also defines the semantics of how the RFC system will work.
The front-matter MUST contain the following key-value pairs:
title: The title of the document. Standards documents should be titled in the format
Standards X: Y where X is the standards number and Y is the title of the standard. (See below for an explanation of standards.)
number: The canonical number of the RFC. Starts at 0 (this document) and counts up in decimal.
author: The author of the document. May contain email.
status: The status of this document. Should be
Proposed. (Rejected documents are not made a part of the repository.)
The front-matter MAY contain the following key-value pairs:
updates: A comma-seperated list of RFCs this RFC updates.
updated-by: A comma-seperated list of RFCs that update this RFC.
Note that the two lists should be added to in sequence; if RFC 2 updates RFC 1, then RFC 2 needs to have 1 in its
updates and RFC 1 needs 2 in its
The RFC system for tilde boxes will be hosted at https://rfc.tildeverse.org/ and on the tildeverse gitea as tildeverse/rfcs.
RFC documents are simply requests. They are for simple things like defining how something should work or how something should be done.
Standards documents are like mandates. They require something. For example, this document requires a would-be submitter to follow this format for RFCs. A Standards document can be amended by RFC documents, and any RFC documents in violation of a Standards document, unless otherwise stated within the Standards document, are invalid.
Every RFC and Standards document should end with a procedural information section (id tagged as #procedures).
There are 2 sub-sections to the procedural info section:
Security Considerations (tagged #security) - If there are any security reasons/concerns for the document, they MUST be subsections of this.
Configuration Considerations (tagged #config) - For example, if configs need to be changed due to the RFC.
An RFC should be submitted as a PR to the git repo. RFCs MUST come with a draft name.
For example, a draft name for an RFC to make tilde.chat allow IRC connections without SSL could be
The only time an RFC can omit the number tag in its front-matter is when it is a draft. Drafts do not have numbers and are of the
Proposed. If or when an RFC is accepted, it will be given a number (at which time it MUST be renamed
rfcX.md, where X is
the number). The status MUST be changed to
Accepted and the number tag MUST contain the assigned number. When the former draft
meets these requirements, the PR will be merged.
There are no security considerations to this document.
A subdomain of tildeverse.org has been provisioned for the RFC project, and a repo has been created, in accordance with this document.