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Re: [Asrg] 6. Proposals - Legal - Subject labelling (?)

2003-12-16 19:40:38
On Nov 26, 2003, at 9:15, Jon Kyme wrote:
it's worth noting some of the likely constraints:
The label should be short
The label should be near (at) the start of the subject
The label shouldn't be utterly opaque to the non-technical reader.
The established use of the Subject should be preserved.

Sorry I'm really late on this... but I've always thought that the whole "ADV" in the subject line thing was a really bad idea. It invites sloppy implementation, leading to all kinds of legitimate subject lines suddenly and mysteriously getting bounced. e.g. "[sec-adv] Security advisory"(*), "Interactive fiction sources ColossalCave.adv", ...

I think any kind of "ADV" flag belongs in a header defined for the purpose, so it won't collide with existing use of the subject line no matter how inevitably poorly client developers implement filtering. If the law allows that the flag be in a new header, I'd favor running with that approach.

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