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On Dec 26, 2019, at 11:30 AM, Dave Crocker <dhc(_at_)dcrocker(_dot_)net>
On 12/26/2019 8:19 AM, Keith Moore wrote:
By all means, cite documents that present such results.
There are two problem with that request. The first is that it isn't
specific, so we would wind up playing a guessing game of what will satisfy
Shall we rather constrain ourselves to do only what satisfies you?
The second is that this isn't an issue that can be satisfied with a point
response. The entire process of developing proposals needs to be based on
deep and pragmatic experience, not just reference to one or another study.
Problem is, there’s no way to evaluate experience without measurement.
Hence it requires meaningful participation of folk with that experience.
I don’t actually disagree with this. But my experience is that when you’re
first trying to put together a proposal, the last thing you need is people
looking for reasons to shoot it down. What you need instead is people trying
to figure out how it can be made to work. And it can help to have experienced
people in that discussion, if (and only if) they can still be flexible and
creative. But it can also help to have less experienced people in that
discussion, because such people can often see potential approaches that the
experienced people can’t. Especially if circumstances have changed since the
experienced people wrote off that idea, or a similar idea, as unworkable.
Later on, of course, new ideas need to be vetted by a broader community before
any significant scale of implementation should be encouraged.
But if you want to do the work of formulating a specific proposal,
Well, that’s always been my idea. I certainly don’t expect, and wouldn’t ask,
for a working group to be formed without fairly concrete proposals in place.
(And perhaps some running code for demonstration and experiment.)
What I’m trying to do at the moment is see how many people are actually
interested in improving the reliability of internet email, and who are willing
to brainstorm about how this might be accomplished.
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