[mailto:owner-mail-ng(_at_)mail(_dot_)imc(_dot_)org] On Behalf Of Brett Watson
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2004 2:17 AM
Subject: Re: list of user-visible goals
- In a next generation mail system, users may want to address
each other in ways that are not possible in the existing
system. The possibilities are limited only by imagination
(and implementability), but one obvious example is a
self-configuring ad hoc LAN (wireless, perhaps), in which the
users may want to send messages and/or files to each other
without the presence of traditional domain-based MTAs
advertised by DNS.
How about the following rephrasing:
- Users want to be able to send and receive messages in a network on a
- Users want to be able to use mail-ng to address each other using
different protocols. For example, a friend of mine should be able to
send a message to me ASAP without having to check whether I'm logged on
to IRC, Windows Messenger, ICQ, or using email.
Thinking of this, there might be the possibility of giving users
authorised (by the receiver) access to send protocol-independent
messages to the server, which will use rules defined by the server
administrators and the receiver to decide which protocol should be used
to reach the receiver. This could increase availability for users, as
they will receive messages on a device / protocol of their choosing. The
following goals emerge (sorry for anyone already noted):
- Users want to control who has the possibility of sending them
messages, and using which protocols.
- Users want to be able to be able to setup rules for when different
protocols should be used.
- Users want to know whether their message has been read by the
- Users want to be able to delay the receiving of messages ("busy"
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