[Standards] Server status pages

Matthew Wild mwild1 at gmail.com
Sat May 23 10:38:34 UTC 2020


On Sat, 23 May 2020, 10:51 Maxime Buquet, <pep at bouah.net> wrote:

> All those who expressed feelings against adding this to 157 at the time
> you sent this didn't mention why.
>
> I personally don't see much issue with it, so I just PR'd against it to
> add that registry entry.


Just want to add a couple of things that have come up in discussions since
starting this thread:

1) Someone (sorry, don't remember who) had the idea of including this in
DNS.

Advantages:

- the client doesn't need to  discover and cache the value after login, it
can discover it on-demand whenever it has connection issues

- the admin is able to add/update the value while the service is down

Disadvantages:

- Not all clients may be in a position to query TXT records (web clients,
may require additional dependency in native clients)

- Not necessarily secure without DNSSEC

- Additional work for people who want to delegate a domain for XMPP hosting
by a third party

2) It would be nice if we could optionally provide something
machine-readable that clients can natively display rather than redirecting
to a web browser.

That's all. I'm fine with the 157 proposal if it's the easiest path.

Regards,
Matthew
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