No consensus on draft findings on Unsafe Methods (whenToUseGet-7)

Clearly there is not consensus in the community on this issue.  Many people
have spoken up about this issue and I observe that many of the people (not
messages) have been in dissent of the "HTTP GET for all safe/idempotent
methods" side.  Further, the dissenters, such as members the HTTP WG and QA
WGs, have brought up a significant new information and history.

At least Stuart made an attempt to reach a compromise position, but I don't
think that any of the "GET=Safe" people would accept that position.

One thing that strikes me the most is that I have never seen a case of it
been shown that exclusive use of POST for SOAP is harmful, or can somehow be
done better with GET.  I've heard examples given, but they are always
browser-based examples, where humans do some kind of refresh.

And I think Roy's argument, which seems to me the cogent, is that the whole
use of SOAP makes GET/POST irrelevent because the "method" is inside the

The point being, is there certainly isn't consensus in the community on this
issue, and issuing a finding that attempts to declare consensus would be
premature at best and potentially harmful.


Received on Saturday, 20 April 2002 11:54:49 UTC