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Re: use of [email protected]

  • To: Rodney Tillotson < >
  • From: Piet Beertema < >
  • Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 11:54:12 +0200
  • Cc: RIPE anti-spam WG < >

    > RFC 2142 is all there is. It says that an organisation MAY support
    > an mailbox name
    >   "to provide recourse for customers, providers and others who are
    >    experiencing difficulties with the organization's Internet service";
    > that where the difficulty is 'inappropriate public behaviour', the
    > address MUST be 'abuse';
    > ...
It also says (par. 2):
  For well known names that are not related to specific protocols, only
  the organization's top level domain name are required to be valid.
The term "top level domain" isn't exactly my choice...
  For example, if an Internet service provider's domain name is
  COMPANY.COM, then the [email protected] address must be valid
  and supported,
That's quite clear, I'd say.
  even though the customers whose activity generates complaints use
  hosts with more specific domain names like SHELL1.COMPANY.COM.
  Note, however, that it is valid and encouraged to support mailbox
  names for sub-domains, as appropriate.


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