Re: [Asrg] We don't need no stinkin IMAP or POP, was Adding a spam button to MUAs

Steve Atkins <steve@blighty.com> Sat, 06 February 2010 18:09 UTC

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On Feb 6, 2010, at 9:29 AM, Chris Lewis wrote:

> John Levine wrote:
>>> Make the ARF reporting address a configurable option, but default it to a role account at the email domain of the machine from which incoming mail is obtained.
>> Now it's not opt-in by the mailstore provider.
> 
> We need to have it self-configuring if the mailstore provides the service.  Which either means a standard role account for it, or, some way for the mailstore to tell the UA what address to use.
> 
> IOW: pure user configurable doesn't do that.
> 
> In-stream configuration (via MDA or MTA) would work, but it requires the MDA/MTA be modified.  Which we're avoiding.

It requires the ability to add a header, for basic usage a constant header. That's a trivial configuration change, nothing more.

(And it avoids all the nasty heuristics people are discussing entirely, while providing way more flexibility).

> We've been talking about using DNS for some of the signalling.  You could specify a "_report.<mailstore hostname>" TXT record that specifies the address (which isn't necessarily in the mailstore's domain) to send it _and_ its very existence shows that the mailstore provider supports the functionality (and thus the TiS button gets enabled).
> 
> Now, if the TXT record doesn't exist, we could suggest that the user could set their own abuse report destination.  But I'd rather not get into a situation where the user overrides the mailstore's explicit choice.

Cheers,
  Steve