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RFC 5321, "Simple Mail Transfer Protocol", October 2008

Source of RFC: IETF - NON WORKING GROUP
Area Assignment: app

Errata ID: 1820
Status: Rejected
Type: Editorial

Reported By: Alessandro Vesely
Date Reported: 2009-07-30
Rejected by: Lisa Dusseault
Date Rejected: 2009-07-31

Section 3.9.2 says:

   A mailing list may be said to operate by "redistribution" rather than
   by "forwarding".     [...]     Note that
   the key difference between handling aliases (Section 3.9.1) and
   forwarding (this subsection) is the change to the backward-pointing
   address in this case.  [...]


It should say:

   A mailing list may be said to operate by "redistribution" rather than
   by "forwarding".     [...]     Note that
   the key difference between handling aliases (Section 3.9.1) and
   lists (this subsection) is the change to the backward-pointing
   address in this case.     [...]

Notes:

The change replaces the second occurrence of "forwarding" with "lists" in the first paragraph of section 3.9.2.

The term "forwarding" is generally used as a synonym of transmitting as opposed to delivering locally. The beginning of this section attempts to introduce the term "redistribution" for the specific type of transmission described therein. The phrase where the change is necessary, in its original wording, contradicts both the first phrase in its own paragraph, and the last phrase of the preceding section about aliases, which says that handling aliases may result in forwarding.
--VERIFIER NOTES--
This should be taken up with the group revising SMTP. The language chosen was intentional, so a fix is not as simple as an errata.

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