Re: A mailing list protocol

S Moonesamy <> Sun, 09 December 2012 20:13 UTC

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Thanks to all of you who provided feedback on this thread and 
off-list.  I'll attempt to summarize the comments on this thread.

Wes George asked whether there was an IETF standard format for 
handling inline quote replies and whether it has been implemented 
[1].  He mentioned that rehashing an old draft about nettiquete 101 
is less helpful.  He also commented  about the common problem of 
mangled subject lines that make it very difficult to sort by 
thread.  There was also an off-list comment about this.   Scott 
Brim's comment [2] is an interesting view about standardization.

Dave Cridland mentioned RFC 3676 [3].  He pointed out that it 
primarily useful in simple replies rather than quoting.  One of the 
problem he encounters is a lack of in-reply-to or references fields 
that I can use for in-thread navigation.  Alessandro Vesely commented 
about disclaimers in messages [4].

I avoided a discussion of standards or to dictate etiquette in 
draft-moonesamy-mail-list-protocol.  Section 2 list points which may 
see obvious to a lot of people on this mailing list.  The text at doesn't provide a lot of 
information about facilitating discussions.

I would like to ask you to pick the three points from Section 2 ( ) 
which you consider as helpful to facilitate mailing list discussion 
and send them to me off-list.  I'll post a summary to this mailing 
list after a week.

S. Moonesamy