Re: new ietf mail archive? permanent urls?

Rich Kulawiec <> Sun, 20 March 2016 21:42 UTC

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From: Rich Kulawiec <>
Subject: Re: new ietf mail archive? permanent urls?
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On Sun, Mar 20, 2016 at 10:53:52AM -0400, John C Klensin wrote:
> For whatever it is worth, I share Lloyd's concern.  The new
> setup is fine is one is trying to skim recent discussions on a
> mailing list and reasonably so to find a particular subject
> thread but I question its utility for references to particular
> messages, even references in later messages that one might want
> to trace back.  For those purposes, it would be much better to
> have a URL that explicitly reflects the list name (WG lists seem
> to do that, but the IETF list doesn't) and a date or date
> range... 

The archiving built into Mailman does all this -- I can't think
of any reason why *all* IETF list archives shouldn't be using it.

(Note that the same archiving mechanism is capable of ingesting
archives that were created with other mailing list managers and
integrating them into a seamless whole.)

> By the way, from a small semi-random sample, a large fraction of
> the links to WG mailing lists identified at
> are dead.  Is any effort
> being made to capture those discussions for historical purposes?
> Would it be worth explicitly identifying the useless links?

There should be complete archives of all lists maintained "forever",
whatever that works out to be.  It's quite easy to set this up even
for discontinued lists, again using Mailman's built-in archiving mechanism.

If the goal here is "make sure that all archives of all IETF mailing
lists that have ever existed and that exist now are all stored in
an accessible, unified, useful format", then (a) I'm on board with
that and (b) I'm willing to do the legwork.