Re: [Asrg] Adding a spam button to MUAs

Seth <sethb@panix.com> Thu, 10 December 2009 05:33 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Asrg] Adding a spam button to MUAs
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John Levine <johnl@taugh.com> wrote:

>>> Easy: as the end user, I _know_ which sites I _told_ to forward for
>>> me.
>
> Indeed, but explaning that to your spam button seems unlikely to be
> something that a normal mail user could reasonably configure.  One
> could propose some auto-configure thing, but now we're back to how to
> tell who's lying when they offer auto-configure stuff.

It shouldn't be that hard.  I tell the server "I've configured
seth@otherdomain to forward to this account."  The server sends a
magic message to seth@otherdomain; when it returns, the server can
observe the forwarding path and various header stuff, and configure
itself.  The only user input is the answer to "What other email
addresses are yours that you've set to forward here?"

Seth