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Re: [OT] Misuse of Out of Office Responders

From: Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Dec 2002 16:06:03 +0000 (GMT)
To: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0212211557380.1538-100000@jarl.webthing.com>

On Sat, 21 Dec 2002, David Woolley wrote:

> Now that the holiday season is upon us, could people please ensure
> that, if they generate Out of Office auto replies, they only send
> them to personal correspondents, not to people on public mailing lists.

Hear, hear!  Given that the ancient "vacation" program has got this
right since before there was a WWW, it seems deeply wrong that anyone
should be producing or using deeply defective software that can't
cope with the simplest mailinglist protocols today.

OTOH, it's a fairly minor nuisance compared to the sheer volume of
Klez and similar stuff clogging up the 'net.

> W3C lists use de facto standards to flag their articles as list articles,
> but my understanding is that Microsoft will not do anything to honour
> Precedence headers until they become de jure standards.

Their track record suggests that de jure standards are unlikely to
cut much ice, either.

Nick Kew
Received on Saturday, 21 December 2002 11:06:12 UTC

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