Talk:RTP Control Protocol

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Bad Expansion of Initialism[edit]

In the version of 09:06, 16 October 2007, this article gave the expansion of RTCP as

RTP Control Protocol

That expansion matches the expansion that RFC 3550 gives.

At 09:09, 16 October 2007, an anonymous editor changed the expansion of RTCP to

Real-time Transport Control Protocol

I have a few problems with that change

  1. The recursive expansion of 'RTP Control Protocol' is 'Real-Time Transport Protocol Control Protocol'. The capitalization is debatable, but the words are not.
  2. 'Real-Time Transport Protocol Control Protocol' sounds strange because in the expansion you repeat 'Protocol'. And in the initialism you leave out the initial 'P' of the 1st 'Protocol'. But the strange expansion correctly describes what RTCP controls. RTCP controls another protocol -- RTP.
  3. If you have a problem with RFC 3550, the way to fix that is with a superseding RFC. It is the job of Wikipedia editors to use the terminology in the RFC, not to change the terminology in the RFC. No matter how bad the terminology in the RFC is.

I propose reverting the expansion of RTCP to

RTP Control Protocol

as it is in RFC 3550. And make the 'RTP' part a link to the RTP page.

TT    22:50, 16 May 2008 (UTC)

We should stick to the RFC, so I think you may feel free to revert the change. Mange01 (talk) 15:16, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
I went ahead and did this (before even reading this :). Come on people, be bold! (However, I didn't put a link in the headword, because we don't do that - it's against our Manual of Style.) Hairy Dude (talk) 10:58, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

Another anon editor has changed it to Real Time Control Protocol this time citing RFC 3605. I agree with the above discussion and believe RFC 3550 is definitive. I have reverted to RTP Control Protocol'. --Kvng (talk) 16:23, 28 May 2012 (UTC)


Needs more info how it relates to QoS; On the RTP page, it says RTP is not used for QoS, but RSVP is for SIP and H.323... —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:08, 1 March 2008 (UTC)