[linux-elitists] Avoiding Mailman Duplicates

Tilghman Lesher zgp-org@the-tilghman.com
Sat Feb 21 08:28:15 PST 2004

On Saturday 21 February 2004 01:56, Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Tilghman Lesher (zgp-org@the-tilghman.com):
> > Remind us all again in which RFC or other Internet standard
> > document is the header Mail-Followup-To defined?
> Oh look!  It's yet another person who thinks Internet standards are
> handed down from on high, by some blessed committee or by the sainted
> spirit of Jon Postel.  How very quaint!

From on high?  No.  Standards are usually used to establish a base line
of conformity, so that software that implement the same protocols
interoperates.  There are some good arguments against the use of
Mail-Followup-To (which has been around since at least 1997), which
may explain why that header has never been standardized.

Or are you one of those people who thinks that it's fine for Microsoft
to "innovate" their browser and encourage web developers to develop
sites which will only work with IE?  After all, if enough people use it,
it's a standard, right?


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