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Re: Proposed EU Directive on Electronic Commerce

  • To: Gunnar Lindberg < >
  • From: Piet Beertema < >
  • Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 13:53:02 +0100

    To avoid the situation Piet is pointing at - mail disappear silently
    because some MTA misinterpreted the headers - I would like to suggest:
I was not really referring to misinterpretation of the
headers, but to blindfolded/default insertion of an
X-UCE line and innocent users forgetting to remove it.
Such insertion can be useful for those mailers that
don't allow users to enter their own X- header lines,
but precisely because of this the effect of an empty
X-UCE header line (or with a clearly defined default
category field denoting "X-UCE present, but ignore")
should be defined, to avoid MTA misinterpretation.
        o	Place the classification in the (E)SMTP dialogue.
That would be a serious change to existing standards,
in contrast with just adding an X-UCE line. Even so
it could/would be useful for early message discarding.
    	"SPAM From:" is kind of nice terminology :-)
Sure is. :-) But then for sake of consistency make it
"UCE From:". And beware that receiving MTA's that don't
understand it will still ask for a "MAIL From:". That
of course too is a "solution" if the receiving MTA
does not accept the mail then. :-)
	but I think it needs to carry other parameters, like
	"SPAM Type: sex, money".
Isn't that combination forbidden in Sweden now? :-)


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