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Re: [Nmh-workers] non-ASCII message bodies

From: Ken Hornstein
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] non-ASCII message bodies
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2010 12:59:21 -0500

>I gotta say that I'm stunned by the amount of activity (and unnecessary
>vitriol) on this topic.  Where were you guys when I was begging for feedback
>before I committed the changes a decade ago?

Well Jon, please accept my apologies.  I should have commented about it,
but I didn't.

I think part of the problem was that back then MIME messages weren't as
common as they are now; you'd run into them now and then, but it wasn't
the norm as it is now.  So we didn't understand that what seemed like
a simple decision then would affect things later on.

>I personally don't care whether or not non-ASCII message bodies are 
>or MIMEd.  I'm certainly willing to go along with the consensus here.  But it
>seems like every time things get close to consensus somebody chimes in who uses
>it the way that it is.

I think the model we should strive for is one from the IETF, that is namely
"rough consensus".  That means that a large number of people should agree,
but it doesn't have to be unanimous.  But it's tough in a open-source project,
because (as I talked about before) no one person is in charge to make
the call.

>For this reason, I still prefer that changing the behavior be done with an
>Is it possible to come to agreement on this and move forward?

I personally think we have consensus on this should be changed, and the
new behavior should be the default; do other agree?


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