[Standards] LAST CALL: XEP-0308 (Last Message Correction)

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Tue Aug 14 15:57:37 UTC 2012


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On 8/14/12 9:51 AM, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> On 8/13/12 3:03 PM, Andreas Kuckartz wrote:
>> Kurt Zeilenga:
>>> From a user perspective, often what I want to correct isn't
>>> the last stanza I sent.
> 
>> I support that argument. Several Social Networking Services 
>> provide similar features and I expect XMPP to also support that.
> 
> <rant>Look, folks, if we want the ability to reach back and edit 
> everything under the sun, then by all means let's define that
> using pubsub under something like XEP-0277. IM, by contrast, is an 
> ever-flowing stream and sometimes you make mistakes when typing
> such messages (as people do in email messages to lists like this
> one). Do you have the ability to edit every email message you've
> ever sent? No, so just get over it.</rant>

In fact, I'd argue that this spec is a technical solution to a social
problem, and thus is wrongheaded. It's easy enough to send a new
message correcting the old one (e.g., "sorry, I meant to say Y instead
of X" or "s/X/Y/"). People do that all the time. Magically and
invisibly changing a message after the fact strikes me as a really bad
idea.

Peter

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