WYAE - Joke-RfCs

While a "normal" RfC (Request for Comments) usually defines internet standards and protocols, there are a number of RfCs and HowTos published on 1st of April - or for a similar purpose. Well, some (RfC 1149 and 2322) in fact were implemented or are in practical use. Read and have fun...


Russian Tea HowTo V3.0
Caffeine is essential for keeping the brain active during nightly hacking sessions. There are, however, many ways to satisfy a hacker's need for caffeine. Drinking Canned Capitalism (Coke) contradicts the very principles of the open source movement, for it is a closed source product, manufactured by a huge, evil corporation.
(additionally: Version 2.0)

Published RfCs

RfC 527   (1973)

RfC 748   (1978)
Telnet Randomly-lose option

RfC 1097   (1989)
Telnet subliminal-message option

RfC 1149   (1990)
Standard for the transmission of IP datagrams on avian carriers
The first implementation was B2P (back to Pigeons) April 2001 in Bergen, Norway. A later implementation (FiFly, March 2004, Israel) reached 2,27Mbit/s data transfer rate (very high latency, though) - and a later one (September 2009) about 4 Mbit/s http://pigeonrace2009.co.za/ (also extremely high latency). In April 2005 an even higher throughput was achieved with adhesive surface-mounted carriers (SNAP = SNAil-based data transfer Protocol, 37 Mbit/s).

RfC 1216   (1991)
Gigabit network economics and paradigm shifts

RfC 1217   (1991)
Memo from the Consortium for Slow Commotion Research

RfC 1313   (1992)
Today's Programming for KRFC AM 1313 Internet Talk Radio

RfC 1437   (1993)
The Extension of MIME Content-Types to a New Medium

RfC 1438   (1993)
Internet Engineering Task Force Statements Of Boredom (SOBs)

RfC 1605   (1994)
SONET to Sonnet Translation

RfC 1606   (1994)
A Historical Perspective On The Usage Of IP Version 9

RfC 1607   (1994)
A view from the 21st century

RfC 1776   (1995)
The Address is the Message

RfC 1882   (1995)
The 12-Days of Technology Before Christmas

RfC 1924   (1996)
A Compact Representation of IPv6 Addresses

RfC 1925   (1996)
The Twelve Networking Truths

RfC 1926   (1996)
An Experimental Encapsulation of IP Datagrams on Top of ATM

RfC 1927   (1996)
Suggested Additional MIME Types for Associating Documents

RfC 2100   (1997)
The Naming of Hosts

RfC 2321   (1998)
RITA -- The Reliable Internetwork Troubleshooting Agent

RfC 2322   (1998)
Management of IP numbers by peg-dhcp
RfC 2322 actually is being used successfully at hacking camps like HIP (Hacking in Progress) or the CCCamp. In a different area it is widely (and successfully) used: to handle frequency usage at clubs for RC model planes (cars, ships, ...)

RfC 2323   (1998)
IETF Identification and Security Guidelines

RfC 2324   (1998)
Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol (HTCPCP/1.0)

RfC 2325   (1998)
Definitions of Managed Objects for Drip-Type Heated Beverage Hardware Devices using SMIv2

RfC 2549   (1999)
IP over Avian Carriers with Quality of Service

RfC 2550   (1999)
Y10K and Beyond

RfC 2551   (1999)
The Roman Standards Process -- Revision III

RfC 2795   (2000)
The Infinite Monkey Protocol Suite (IMPS)

RfC 3091   (2001)
Pi Digit Generation Protocol

RfC 3092   (2001)
Etymology of 'Foo'

RfC 3093   (2001)
Firewall Enhancement Protocol (FEP)

RfC 3251   (2002)
Electricity over IP - Mostly Pointless Lamp Switching (MPLampS)

RfC 3252   (2002)
Binary Lexical Octet Ad-hoc Transport (BLOAT)

RfC 3514   (2003)
The Security Flag in the IPv4 Header
There even was a patch submitted to the Linux kernel by Hugo Mills <hugo@carfax.org.uk> (Thu, 1 Apr 2004 13:06:38 +0100, to linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, netfilter-devel@lists.netfilter.org) which implements definition, handling and filtering of the "Evil" bit defined in this RfC.

RfC 3751   (2004)
Omniscience Protocol Requirements

RfC 4041   (2005)
Requirements for Morality Sections in Routing Area Drafts

RfC 4042   (2005)
UTF-9 and UTF-18

RfC 4144   (2005)
How to Gain Prominence and Influence in Standards Organizations
(not sure about this one - real, valid content but not feeling RfC-ish)

RfC 4824   (2007)
The Transmission of IP Datagrams over the Semaphore Flag Signaling System (SFSS)

RfC 5241   (2008)
Naming Rights in IETF Protocols

RfC 5242   (2008)
A Generalized Unified Character Code: Western European and CJK Sections

RfC 5513   (2009)
IANA Considerations for Three Letter Acronyms

RfC 5514   (2009)
IPv6 over Social Networks

RfC 5841   (2010)
TCP Option to Denote Packet Mood

RfC 5984   (2011)
Increasing Throughput in IP Networks with ESP-Based Forwarding: ESPBasedForwarding

RfC 6214   (2011)
Adaptation of RFC 1149 (IP over avian carriers) for IPv6

RfC 6217   (2011)
Regional Broadcast Using an Atmospheric Link Layer

RfC (draft)   (2012)
An M-party, N-state Game of Rochambeau
a formalization of playing Rock-Paper-Scissors-Spock and variants

RfC 6919   (2013)
Further Key Words for Use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels (extending RFC 2119)
For Joke-RfCs after 2012 please see the Wikipedia page.