I-Ds provide important historical records for the open and transparent operation of the IETF. It should be noted that individuals and groups, including the IAB and IRTF Research Groups, have chosen to distribute working documents as I-Ds.
I-Ds are stored in two places on the IETF web site. First, current I-Ds are stored in the I-D Repository. Second, current and past I-Ds are stored in a Public I-D Archive.
The policies associated with I-D Repository are discussed in RFC 2026, and this IESG statement offers no additional policies regarding the I-D Repository.
As RFC 2026 says, the entries in the I-D Repository are subject to change or removal at any time; however, I-Ds generally remain in the Public I-D Archive to support easy comparison with previous versions. This availability facilitates review, comment, and revision.
An I-D will only be removed from the Public I-D Archive under unusual circumstances with consensus of the IESG. If you are aware of abuse or misuse that warrants removal of an I-D from the Public I-D Archive, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and explain the situation. At its discretion, the IESG may consult counsel or the IETF community before taking any action on such requests. If circumstances permit, a removed I-D will be replaced with a tombstone file that describes the reason that the I-D was removed from the Public I-D Archive.
When an I-D is removed from the Public I-D Archive, a copy will be kept in a location accessible by the IETF Secretariat. This private location is described in RFC 2026 as follows: