Re: [Asrg] Adding a spam button to MUAs

Daniel Feenberg <feenberg@nber.org> Fri, 05 February 2010 19:55 UTC

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On Fri, 5 Feb 2010, Chris Lewis wrote:

> Daniel Feenberg wrote:
>> 
>> On Fri, 5 Feb 2010, John Levine wrote:
>> 
>>>> I haven't been following this thread very closely, but why not just
>>>> establish a standard role account on the MUAs designated POP or IMAP
>>>> server? Such as arf@pop.example.com? It effectively "preconfigures" the
>>>> MUA since "arf" is standard and "example.com" is already known to the 
>>>> MUA.
>>>> The less configuration the better, I think.
>>> Sorry, wouldn't work.  The name of the POP or IMAP server need not
>>> bear any relationship to any email address.  For example, on my
>>> system, the server is named imap.iecc.com (yes, even for POP, it
>>> deters the clueless) but there are not imap.iecc.com addresses at all.
>> 
>> I don't understand why this is relevant. If the MTA operator doesn't want 
>> to support this feature, he doesn't have to. But if he does wish to support 
>> the feature he needs to supply an MX record or accept mail on the POP or 
>> IMAP server. Is that such a great burden? Compared to the other suggestions 
>> here?
>
> Yes.  Why tie the ARF path to the mailboxes by naming convention?  Don't need 
> to.
>
> Use arf@arf.domain.com.  If they're the same machine, fine, make 
> arf.domain.com alias to imap.domain.com.  If they're not, you don't have to 
> rename your mail infrastructure or screw around with forwarding on the imap 
> machine that you may have no control over.

Fine with me. But you really should learn about MX records - they are very 
useful and have been standardized for many years now.

Daniel Feenberg


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