[JDEV] email-isms and feature creep (re: unique ids, filtering thread, etc)

Scott Robinson scott at tranzoa.com
Wed Aug 11 23:04:02 CDT 1999

I was thinking about this today as I watched Poke'mon. There has been a
large push for e-mail'esque extensions to the current Jabber standard. I
also think that you are correct in wanting to hold off canonizing many of
these ideas.

However. However, I believe that you (from what I've seen) tend to clamp
down on the blosoming of new ideas a bit hard, if only because you realize
we need to get Jabber 0.7 out. I'm with you on this, and with one example of
the MIME thread I believe it did get a bit out of hand. I would ask that
you, at the very least, let *small* discussions of new features continue. At
the most, create a intentionally high-traffic (maybe with no archive to save
space?) list for ideas?


* Jeremie translated into ASCII [Wed, Aug 11, 1999 at 10:53:24PM -0500][<Pine.LNX.4.10.9908112245270.30571-100000 at lor.jeremie.com>]
> It's a very natural path to try and turn Jabber into a "better email", but
> that wasn't and isn't the intention.  I'm not saying that any of those
> features are unnecessary, some are and will be needed by Jabber, but it's
> a dangerous road to follow when you start mimmicking the email system.
> What I'd like to suggest is that we wait until after 0.7, after we are all
> *USING* Jabber regularly we'll have a much better feel for what kind of
> additional features we'll need like unique id's, server tracking,
> filtering, spam prevention, etc.  But until then, we're all just talking
> smoke and mirrors.
> So let's just concentrate on getting 0.7 out the door with what we already
> have going in the protocol and the new MIME, info/query, and file transfer 
> additions.  There's more than enough work to be done, after we get there
> we can pick up these issues again.  Sort of a mini-feature-freeze :)
> Jer
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