[rfc-i] A wild thought, RE: Valid email addresses [last call "On Authors, Contributors, Editors, and overload."]

Brian E Carpenter brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com
Wed Jan 11 10:30:51 PST 2012


On 2012-01-12 07:11, Paul Hoffman wrote:
> On Jan 11, 2012, at 9:34 AM, Ross Callon wrote:
> 
>> I am aware of a few cases where ADs, WG chairs, or active old IETF greybeards have been searching for authors. On the most part they are found relatively quickly, or are determined to have disappeared in a way that a permanent Email address would not have solved (whether to a boat in the Pacific, to a different industry, or to a different plane of existence). 
> 
> 
> Perhaps the RFC Editor could maintain a less-than-best-effort list of hopefully-current addresses for authors, indexed by RFC number, updated sometimes by a web form that people can fill out for themselves or others. This list could have a history component so that readers could see what previous addresses were.

This would, unfortunately, be a great resource for spammers. Actually, I
doubt if there's any solution that wouldn't be useful for spammers.

Ross, do you really want all spam that's directed to rcallon at baynetworks.com
or even callon at bigfut.lkg.dec.com to reach you?

    Brian


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