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

Bob Hinden bob.hinden at gmail.com
Thu Jan 12 10:35:19 PST 2012

The more I think about this, the less I think there is a solution.  

The set of people who have written an RFC and continue to participate in the community are the ones who would use this (or similar) service.  These are the people who it easy to find their email address from looking at other RFCs they have written, Internet drafts, posting to IETF email lists, etc.  We don't need a solution to find them.

The other set of people who have written an RFC and who are no longer active in the community are unlikely to keep an address or alias current.   I don't think there is a solution to this problem.


On Jan 12, 2012, at 9:28 AM, Dave CROCKER wrote:

> 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.
> Ross,
> 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.
> d/
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