[ietf-dkim] what does DKIM do, was draft-ietf-dkim-mailinglists-01 review request
Murray S. Kucherawy
msk at cloudmark.com
Wed Aug 11 10:03:05 PDT 2010
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dave CROCKER [mailto:dhc at dcrocker.net]
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> To: Murray S. Kucherawy
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> Subject: Re: [ietf-dkim] what does DKIM do, was draft-ietf-dkim-
> mailinglists-01 review request
> I think that the underlying sentiments of this sub-section are
> reasonable. But
> I am concerned that it's focus and details are muddled. Unfortunately
> I think
> that's because our group sense of the topic is still muddled, rather
> anything as simple to fix as Murray's writing. Certainly mine is
I suspect some of the cause of that is that this sort of work necessarily contains some "forward-looking statements" (to borrow from the financial sector). As John likes to point out, we've never filtered email based on this criterion in the past x years, but in part that's because we've never been able to do so before. It's possible this will create a mechanism people will find more useful or accurate. I don't want to stifle that possibility before anyone even has a chance to try it.
We have at best an educated guess about how different signature patterns on a message, or on a digest of messages, will affect the reputations of the signers. I'm torn between describing such a guess in an informational document and saying nothing at all, if only to get the readers thinking about it as well.
We've decided the industry wants or needs guidance, so we want to give some. But the work starts to suffer when the thinking drifts into navel-gazing. I don't have any problem admitting that I can be guilty of it; I'd rather be thinking about it than not.
Anyhow, this is what reviewers are for. :-)
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