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Re: Received header field for special processing, such as "held for moderation".

2011-10-25 08:41:27

On Oct 25, 2011, at 2:58 AM, Dave CROCKER wrote:


Occasionally, the Other Crocker ventures into email space and he chose to be 
more thoughtful about a brief thread that was just on the IETF listthat noted 
a message delay due to being held for moderation.

Currently, nothing in the message (or smtp responses, of course) signals this 
reason for delay.  (For those who haven't seen the thread, the person 
initiating the the thread thought the delay was due to DKIM processing...

It would be quite simple to add a Received header field, when a message is 
placed into a moderation queue, noting that fact.

Given the history of trying to get mailing list software to support common 
mechanisms (standards?) this might be challenging to pursue, but I thought it 
worth raising to the group.

Any thoughts?

I like this idea.

Also, it seems more appropriate to extend Received for this purpose than to 
create a new field, since the set of Received fields should basically describe 
what happened to a message as it was transmitted from sender to recipient.