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Re: Scope Creep

2008-04-02 13:37:56

On Apr 2, 2008, at 11:51 AM, John C Klensin wrote:

--On Wednesday, April 02, 2008 11:25 AM -0700 Lisa Dusseault <lisa(_at_)osafoundation(_dot_)org > wrote:

WWTHD (What Would Ted Hardie Do): be blunt.   "After much
discussion on the topic, this specification does not extend
the A rule to AAAA records, but neither does it preclude a
parallel treatment."


That leaves an ambiguity about behavior from which neither SMTP clients nor domain administrators can figure out what to do. To me, that ambiguity is the one case that is a showstopper. It also, IMO, creates a "known technical defect" and that would exclude even publishing something as Proposed, much less Draft.

Yup, I certainly prefer removing ambiguity, but I do see it as a realistic fallback to at least document the known ambiguity and lack of consensus, even for a Draft Standard. I was of course partially in jest about WWTHD and answering Arnt's direct question about how to word something, not whether that was the best option.


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