The IETF standards process is already so slow and uncertain that
people throw up their hands in exasperation and go around it.
True. Which is why it's necessary to handle the reviews in a pipelined
rather than a stop-and-wait fashion.
Maybe I'm unduly pessimistic, but I would have trouble working up a lot of
enthusiasm for doing work on a project if I knew that some gatekeeper
working in parallel might later tell me that I was wasting my time.
Although I completely disagree with your prediction that DKIM will be
useless, there are worse problems than standards that turn out not to be
used, so long as they are designed so they don't interfere with other
more useful work. We seem to be managing that last issue reasonably well.
John Levine, johnl(_at_)iecc(_dot_)com, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet
Information Superhighwayman wanna-be, http://www.johnlevine.com, Mayor
"I shook hands with Senators Dole and Inouye," said Tom, disarmingly.
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