[Standards-JIG] email best practices JEP
dhc at dcrocker.net
Mon Sep 25 01:07:29 UTC 2006
Ian Paterson wrote:
> IMHO XMPP's extensibility will give IM a better chance to fight SPAM
> wars than email has had. That is just one reason why, IMHO, most people
> will benefit once XMPP eventually replaces the email messaging protocols.
> IMHO, for that to happen then XMPP IM clients will *at first* need to
> integrate fully-featured SMTP (and POP or IMAP) functionality.
The following is a mantra I repeat, every time someone suggests
1. There will, indeed, come a time when it needs to be replaced,
because it cannot be enhanced to support a capability for which there is
clear and strong community need.
2. Before anyone waves a hand and says that replacing SMTP is the
answer to solving spam, we need:
a) Community consensus about the messaging functionality that is
different than we now have; we are nowhere near having that consensus
now; having verifiable authentication of an associated identity will
help nicely with some problems, but no one should be seduced into
thinking that the "solution" is that simple.
b) An effort to design these different functions into the current
email protocol standards, and failure of that effort.
c) General purpose inter-personal and inter-organizational
communications is far more diverse than most folks seem to appreciate;
we need to be very careful that curing the disease of spam does not kill
the patient of open global communications.
And to rain on the parade further:
Hal Rottenberg wrote:
> While I agree with all of your reasoning, I think that you
> underestimate the ability of the consumer to move the market.
Consumers also have the ability to stay with established practices and
Anyone who has actually tried to move a market has learned just how much
momentum an installed base provides.
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