RFC 9057 on Email Author Header Field

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A new Request for Comments is now available in online RFC libraries.

        RFC 9057

        Title:      Email Author Header Field 
        Author:     D. Crocker
        Status:     Experimental
        Stream:     Independent
        Date:       June 2021
        Mailbox:    dcrocker@bbiw.net
        Pages:      7
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:   None

        I-D Tag:    draft-crocker-email-author-04.txt

        URL:        https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc9057

        DOI:        10.17487/RFC9057

Internet mail defines the From: header field to indicate the author
of the message's content and the Sender: field to indicate who
initially handled the message on the author's behalf. The Sender:
field is optional if it has the same information as the From: field.
This was not a problem until development of stringent protections on
use of the From: field. It has prompted Mediators, such as mailing
lists, to modify the From: field to circumvent mail rejection caused
by those protections. In effect, the From: field has become dominated
by its role as a handling identifier.

The current specification augments the altered use of the From: field
by specifying the Author: field, which ensures identification of the
original author of the message and is not subject to modification by
Mediators. This document is published as an Experimental RFC to
assess community interest, functional efficacy, and technical

EXPERIMENTAL: This memo defines an Experimental Protocol for the
Internet community.  It does not specify an Internet standard of any
kind. Discussion and suggestions for improvement are requested.
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