Re: [Nethistory] Need a change

Brian E Carpenter <> Fri, 04 January 2019 01:22 UTC

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On 2019-01-04 02:21, John R. Levine wrote:
>> I am not sure there is much work to coordinate, there having been no
>> traffic on the list for months in a row.
> There have only been 47 messages ever sent to this list in the five years 
> it's existed.  Before the recent two, there was one in late 2016 and one 
> in 2015.  The list is archived in the IETF's general mail archive so I 
> agree that the sensible thing to do is to close it.

The only thing is, do we (for some value of "we") care about this?:

>>> raise the awareness of IETF members about saving important historical archives and artifacts. 

If we close the list, we're saying either that we (the IETF) don't care, or
that IETF people are already aware of the need to save stuff.

I do care, because I've worked a bit on the history of computing and I'm very
much aware of the historical value of personal records, alongside official
sources. But whether this is worthy of IETF cycles is a separate question.
It seems like something that should perhaps be an ISOC topic.


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