Everyone more or less knows the formal phases a MIP goes through during its life cycle. However, how long these phases last and which are their limits seems to be impenetrable and shrouded in mystery to many.
This table aims to be of aid to MIP Authors who get dizzy trying to figure out when they should be posting their MIP so that it can make it into the next earliest Formal Submission window.
|Cycle||Latest start of RFC||Last Days for Changes||Formal Submission|
|July||June 9th||June 28th - 30th||July 5th - 7th|
|August||July 7th||July 26th - 28th||August 2 - 4th|
|September||August 11th||August 30th - 1st||September 6th - 8th|
|October||September 8th||September 27th- 29th||October 4th - 6th|
|November||October 6th||October 25th - 27th||November 1st - 3rd|
An example is worth more than a thousand words (unless the example is a thousand words). Let’s take October:
- if a MIP enters RFC on September 8th at the latest, it will be eligible to enter FS during the FS window of October 4th, 5th, and 6th.
- If the MIP is not submitted for FS by October 6th, it will have to wait until November’s FS window (November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd).