Re: [MORG] [apps-discuss] New draft at MORG: POP3 LIST+ Extension

Mark Crispin <mrc+ietf@panda.com> Wed, 09 February 2011 17:05 UTC

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Subject: Re: [MORG] [apps-discuss] New draft at MORG: POP3 LIST+ Extension
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On Wed, 9 Feb 2011, Barry Leiba wrote:
> Further, switching users to IMAP is a much more robust solution than
> trying to make POP into a sort of "IMAP light".  I *strongly* advise
> against that, and suggest that the discussion going on in the other
> thread is not useful.  But even this modest version, which is clever
> and concise, and which makes perfect sense, is unlikely to be useful
> in practice for several years, at least, and may well never get enough
> deployment to be useful.

Indeed.  There is little, if anything, technically wrong with this
document.  It is well written, and well thought-out.

It is simply (at least) 15 years too late.

Unfortunately, no matter how technically excellent a specification may be,
a specification that is too late is doomed to failure.

Barry is being kind in saying that it "is unlikely to be useful in
practice for several years, at least, and may well never get enough
deployment to be useful."  The reality is harsher.

-- Mark --

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