At 04:41 PM 1/2/97 -0800, Paul Hoffman wrote:
>>Thus, most webmasters _should_ know about
>> it; it's an official internet standard, right?
>No and no. There is no easy way to find out about it, and robots.txt is not
>even vaguely an official standard. Most people find out about robots.txt
>the same way you found out about the proposal from archive.org: from
>reading mailing lists or books about how to run a server.
Oh? Okay, which book about running mailing lists mentions the
archive.org proposal? I probably haven't bought that book yet?
>In other words, this is still a new field. Your opinions are as good as the
>next person's. It doesn't seem like there is consensus on this list about
>whether what findmail.com is doing is bad, ok, or good.
Sorry, did you really mean to say that mailing lists are a new field?
Now, the _web_ might be a new field -- MAYBE -- but mailing lists have
been around since the dawn of time. FindMail isn't doing anything
that's in a "new field", sorry.
By the way, your "consensus" argument is a straw man, you realize. No
one ever claimed there's a consensus on the list, nor have any of us
expected there would be.
You're right when you say that my opinions are as good as the next
person's -- as long as we're talking in generalities. When we're
talking about _my_ lists, though, it's certain truth that my opinion
is far more important than Joe Schmoe random person who's decided to
set up a new company using my hard work.
>--Internet Mail Consortium
What is the 'Internet Mail Consortium'? And what is your role in
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