At 4:08 PM -0500 12/1/01, Tom Neff is rumored to have typed:
> In the meantime, I stand by my prediction that spamware will swiftly mimic
> the header if it catches on, and will thereby become the bulk of mail
> carrying it. If people want to say that's fine, then great, that's fine.
I don't think that's what anyone is saying (although I claim to speak only
for myself, and most of the time I don't even claim that). Of _course_
spamware will replicate various header fields of real email (I almost think
that "Well, Duh!" is too mild an expression of the obviousness of that), but
simply because it does doesn't mean those header fields are a "bad thing."
Most of the spam that comes into my server now contains From:, To:, Subject:,
and even Message-ID: and Content-Type: fields...that doesn't mean those
header fields have limited purpose in legitimate email, only that they are
basterdized in spam email.
I understand the logic of your suggestion that the List-* fields will be
appropriated by spam sometime in the future, I just don't understand your
conclusion that because of it they shouldn't be used by legitimate mailing
lists. I would think your conclusion requires absolute trust in the List-ID:
field...and I don't have absolute trust in _any_ header field since they can
_all_ be forged. If you do, I guess you're bound to be dissapointed. If you
don't...where's the big problem again?