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Where we stand

    Date: Mon, 26 May 1986  21:01 EDT
    From: "Scott E. Fahlman" <Fahlman@C.CS.CMU.EDU>

    technical committee would make a decision.  Each such decision is folded
    immediately into the manual, which is available online to everyone.  

I'd like to suggest that in addition to folding in such changes, we also
maintain an official change history.  This would serve as a summary of
all official decisions of the technical committee.  It would help
someone answer the questions: (1) what has changed?  (2) has there been
an official resolution of this issue?

To help make it clear that these decisions are final resolutions, so
that people can know when to modify their implementations and so as to
terminate trailing flames, I suggest that the changes be numbered
serially.  I anticipate some reactions of the form "that's too
bureaucratic" or something, but I think it would save a lot of trouble
in the long run, in keeping the record straight.