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Re: [ietf-smtp] broken signatures, was Curious

2020-07-21 20:31:56
On 7/21/2020 1:19 PM, John Levine wrote:
The amount of bandwidth used by e-mail is a rounding error of the
Internet's total, which is mostly video these dayts, and the amount
used by broken headers is a rounding error on that rounding error.


My understanding is that the goal of the emailcore work is to do the minimum necessary to enable promoting the core email specifications to full standard.

Each of us has a worthy list of wonderful enhancements, cleanups, and the like, that we would love to see pursued for email. None of them is likely to be within scope for this round of effort.

To the extent that someone thinks otherwise, consider that each item added to the task list delays completion of this round of effort, and possibly for quite awhile.

So, as fascinating as this thread has been, unless someone can explain how it is essential to the work of the emailcore effort, I'll ask why it is worth taking up this much list energy? Absent compelling justification, is there a chance people could stop feeding this thread?

As an aside: X- was deprecated. It's not illegal, but it's no longer a formal construct. I thought it quite a clever suggestion, when we were doing RFC 822 -- though I don't remember who suggested it -- but as with many good suggestions, it had downsides we hadn't anticipated.

Also, as for cleanup of email header fields in transit, I'm pretty sure that it is fully out of scope for SMTP, IMAP, Mail Format and any other emailcore work. It certainly should be, since it isn't causing actual operational problems.


Dave Crocker
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