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How would you go about defining a standard? I am defining a protocol for a sort of thing that does not exist yet and I would like to create an RFC for it, and use a well-known port number provided by IANA. How do I start?

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Check out the RFC Publication Process, which starts out life as an Internet-Draft

The RFC publication process includes the stages described below.


All RFCs are first published as Internet-Drafts (I-Ds). All RFCs have been I-Ds, but not all I-Ds become RFCs...

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Among other things, for your I-D to become RFC you will need somebody else to implement your I-D in a way that interoperate with your implementation... –  sergut Jul 24 '13 at 17:32
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Step 1. Write it.

Step 2. Implement it.

Step 3. Prove that it works really, really well.

Step 4. Contact ITEF and IANA. They have web sites. http://datatracker.ietf.org/wg/ for example, lists the working groups. Find the right one. Talk to them.

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If all you need is the port number you can contact the IANA using the form provided on http://www.iana.org/form/ports-services to request a port being assigned to you.

You probably should do that early to prevent having to change the port later on.

For actually writing an RFC see Tom Morgan's answer.

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