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

Dave CROCKER dhc at dcrocker.net
Thu Jan 12 09:28:51 PST 2012

On 1/12/2012 9:19 AM, Ross Callon wrote:
> It might help some if there is just some public statement that when authors find that their email address (as listed in an Internet Draft or RFC) is going to change, that they be requested to tell the RFC editor what the new email address will be (and the process to do so, which is presumably to send email to someone or something).
> If this causes 1/2 of all authors to actually tell the RFC editor what their updated address is, and if the RFC editor staff keeps track of this information, then this could at least cut the "try to find a missing author" problem in half.


Your estimated statistic is unbelievably optimistic.

Remember that the moment of transition to a new address is rare and in the 
indefinite future, for almost everyone.  And the use of the address is extremely 
rare for almost everyone.  These make it likely that concerns for the address 
will be very, very far in the background for the vast majority of authors.

Further it is unlikely that most authors will be aware of the public statement.

So authors are not likely to remember the update the entry,

With respect to maintaining a current adddress in the alias, the inherent human 
factors limitations to this situation are not encouraging nor are the plausible 
lines of effort to counter them.



   Dave Crocker
   Brandenburg InternetWorking

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