It seems that a BIP (Bitcoin Improvement Proposal) is very similar to an RFC (Request for Comments). Can anybody confirm this, or describe major differences in the two approaches?
Is there a site where I can see which BIP's are going to be implemented or not?
There is different BIP, each has a status. I read somewhere that BIPs are not considered part of the Bitcoin protocol until "active". Nevertheless, bitcoin-qt 0.8.6 seems to support a number of BIPs ...
Who decides to change the status from Draft to Accepted? BIP 0001 doesn't seem to clearly state this. Is this a vote by the developers? Whose vote exactly do we count? How is it conducted and ...
There is a lot of reference to BIP 16, 17 and the likes. What does BIP actually stand for? I'm unsure if this is a programming reference or a Bitcoin specific reference; either way I'm stumped.