In your own words, describe what an RFC is, what is its intended purpose, and how important is an RFC to a computer scientist.

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By one word, RFC is a “memorandum”. It is published by IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) and IS (Internet Society) as attempt of contributing on the future standards adopted in the field of CS and Internet related topics.
The main purpose for a random RFC is not to be adopted as official standard, but more to help on settling things, observations, behavioral patterns or techniques about a subject of interest or another. It is also true that in the end some of the RFCs end by being adopted as official standards by IETF, but this outcome is not a must. The intended scope was to encourage discussion and debate among the members of CS community (since its broader usage as part of the original ARPANET project)...

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