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Re: webmaster@website

From: Gregory J. Woodhouse <gjw@wnetc.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 1997 05:47:58 -0800 (PST)
To: "Adam M. Costello" <amc@cs.berkeley.edu>
Cc: http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <Pine.BSF.3.95.970401053657.25215A-100000@shell3.ba.best.com>
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On Tue, 1 Apr 1997, Adam M. Costello wrote:

> The webmaster@website convention is falling out of use.  Has anyone
> considered making it a requirement for HTTP/1.1 compliance?  Is it too
> late to even be talking about this?

I don't think it's too late. It is essential that there be some such
address, and "webmaster" certainly seems to bve the logical choice.
Unfortunately, the term  "webmaster" has been coopted (too strong a word?)
to refer to HTML authors and web page designers. Even so, I don't think it
would be overly confusing to use "webmaster" in way you suggest. A
secondary problem is that many people maintain multiple webs on the same
system (e.g., ISPs that provide web hosting) without having a separate
domain. Typically, this results in URLs like


I'm not sure how to handle this situation.

gjw@wnetc.com    /    http://www.wnetc.com/home.html
If you're going to reinvent the wheel, at least try to come
up with a better one.
Received on Tuesday, 1 April 1997 05:50:59 UTC

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