[Standards] Proposed XMPP Extension: Message Replies

Dave Cridland dave at cridland.net
Sat Jan 8 22:41:08 UTC 2022


On Tue, 4 Jan 2022 at 17:55, Jonas Schäfer <jonas at wielicki.name> wrote:

> The XMPP Extensions Editor has received a proposal for a new XEP.
>
> Title: Message Replies
> Abstract:
> This document defines a way to indicate that a message is a reply to a
> previous message.
>
> URL: https://xmpp.org/extensions/inbox/replies.html


There's nothing wrong with this, excepting the problem that it introduces
yet another mechanism for referencing one message from another.

It would be nice if Council could figure out a single mechanism for this,
though I know this is a spectacularly thankless task.

If/when published as a XEP, it'd be nice to include that "fake" replies,
which mis-quote the original in order to cast the original author in a bad
light, have been seen in the wild on occasion. Personally, I would always
avoid including a quoted section, fallback or not - clients handling this
as a normal message aren't much more disadvantaged than they were before,
but are subject to this mis-quote attack.

Dave.
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