Re: [apps-discuss] Review of draft-melnikov-smtp-priority-14

Pete Resnick <> Mon, 04 June 2012 23:35 UTC

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On 6/4/12 6:14 PM, John C Klensin wrote:

> ...if the reality
> is that people will demand mail prioritization --I suggest that
> they will as long as there are Generals and they outrank
> Lieutenants and maybe as long as there are mail service
> providers who can figure out how to charge one class of
> customers more for exactly the same service because that groups
> is willing to pay to be important-- and, that by standardizing
> something we can at least do a security analysis and contain
> interoperability issues, then maybe we should just hold our
> noses (or Alexey's) and do it.

Speaking as the sponsoring AD, this is where I ended up. I find much of 
this exercise silly; I find more than 5 "priorities" complete overkill, 
and I think the likelihood that in a modern SMTP system any of these 
priorities will cause a significant change in delivery time (or order, 
for that matter) to be exceedingly low. That said, there is a community 
that insists on attempting this, and it is not a completely insular 
community; they will insist on implementations not of their own making 
to do "the right thing" about this. Given that, I'd prefer we document 
it and see if it gets deployment in any kind of interoperable way. If it 
doesn't, we move it to Historic and move on with our lives.


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