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10th May 2005 | 10:25

Sometimes flaming is fun. "This draft is worthless. [...] As well as being based on a fundamentally useless idea, the details of the specification are incompetent. [...]"

http://www.imc.org/ietf-smtp/mail-archive/msg01746.html
http://www.imc.org/ietf-smtp/mail-archive/msg01766.html

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Matthew

from: emperor
date: 10th May 2005 10:35 (UTC)

They don't seem to have given up yet...

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Tony Finch

from: fanf
date: 10th May 2005 12:10 (UTC)

Hah! John Klensin has chimed in on my side of the argument. I rule.

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The Lusercop

from: lusercop
date: 10th May 2005 11:07 (UTC)

Also the use of 253 is fundamentally broken in the extension model. The recipient SMTP doesn't know that the sender SMTP will support the relevant extension, and so cannot say "you shouldn't send DATA" with it. If you then reject the DATA command or the final dot, it will never know to send an MSID command. This makes this a stupid idea in the first place, because it then doesn't work until everyone has upgraded.

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Tony Finch

from: fanf
date: 10th May 2005 11:16 (UTC)

I (charitably) put that down to extremely bad drafting. The server knows it can say 253 because the client said EHLO DMTP.

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