On Thu, Jun 11, 1998 at 04:08:33PM +0200, Eric Thomas wrote:
> I am confident that
> the party line will be that we only have ourselves to blame as the
> working group was clearly announced on some IETF mailing list we don't
> have the time to read because every other message is "unsubscribe" or
> then a keynote address about top-level domains,
I find the time to read the mailing lists relevant to my work on the
Internet and I'm a one-person company. If you cannot find the time
to do so, then I suggest you abandon efforts to craft software for
the Internet community. Yes, it's a pain in the ass. Yes, it's
a time-sink. Yes, such mailing lists are often full of off-topic
arguments. Tough. Deal with it.
> that your average reader will of course assume that we were involved in
> drafting the document and that we endorse it. In fact we had no knowledge
> of its existence, and we don't endorse it at all because the wording is
Whether you endorse it or not doesn't matter. You're expected to abide
by it. There are a heck of a lot of RFCs that *I* don't endorse either,
but I am expected to write software which complies with them. I have,
as you do, my opportunities to argue for updates or changes. If I don't
exercise them, I have only myself to blame -- and the same goes for you.
> Anyway, L-Soft will continue to use -REQUEST for the
> human contact + autoresponder, and -SERVER for the command address.
Then L-Soft's software will be considered in violation of Internet standards,
and I will recommend to every list manager, end user, network adminstrator
and everyone else that I come into contact with that they avoid it or
remove it until such time as it complies with this RFC.
I find your attitude incredibly arrogant. How dare you willfully distribute
a product which you *know* violates one of the most relevant RFCs?
I'm sorry you weren't paying attention. I'm sorry you didn't get your
way. But this kind of deliberately disruptive response is a huge
disservice to the Internet community and makes you look like children
stamping your little feet in petulant anger.