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Re: Submission and SMTP SRV records

2004-03-16 19:04:24

SRV covers the largest audience -- people with an email address and the
ability to resolve a domain name. Let's start there.

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SRV doesn't solve the problem for nomadic users on slow links who don't want to wait forever while their MUA submits mail to the ISP associated with their email address.

SRV doesn't solve the problem for users on networks for which one of the protocols is blocked.

SRV doesn't solve the problem for users whose mail is forwarded from the From address to some other address or message store.

It took me about 3 minutes to think of these cases. There are probably some more.

Taken together, those cases might or might not add up to a situation where SRV is not good enough - doesn't cover a wide enough set of cases - would invite competing solutions which would make configuration more rather than less complex. The only way to have any confidence in such a design choice is to do some case analysis.

Does a bridge stay up because it looks pretty? Or because the market likes it? Or because someone took the trouble to estimate the loads that it would be subjected to (allowing for some margin of error and projecting for increased use over time) and to analyze the ability of the structure, as designed, to handle those loads?