[Imap-protocol] [noob] select & unseen?

John Snow snowjn at aol.com
Mon Nov 7 09:04:34 PST 2011


>> hence my assertion that a fully complient server is required to

>> immediately disconnect any client issuing a "SELECT" for a mailbox

>> which doesn't

>> contain unseen messages.


> You seem to think that saying such things somehow impresses me of your

> intelligence and talent.


> If you were intelligent and talented you would be constructive and

> cooperative.


> Intelligent and talented people concern themselves with fixing things

> that

> are broken - of which there is an infinite supply of newly created broken

> things to add to the existing supply.


> Intelligent and talented people do not bang drums repeatedly upon finding

> a trivial ambiguity in a specification.


> Intelligent and talented people content themselves with pointing out the

> trivial ambiguity ONCE.


> Intelligent and talented people don't go off on a tangent with a

> misinterpretation that is both absurd and harmful.


> Intelligent and talented people, if they find that trivial matter to be

> annoying enough, will write an errata with proposed replacement wording,

> post it for review, and upon general concensus will submit it to the RFC

> 3501 errata for inclusion in a future revision.


> For what it's worth, that particular bit of text was from someone else's

> errata...to remedy another silly ambiguity.


> I was the editor of RFC 3501. I did write a great deal of it; but that

> document is the work of many authors (and one editor). I feel sorry for

> you if you believe that perfection (or even complete consistency) is

> possible in such an effort.


> -- Mark --


> http://panda.com/mrc

> Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what to eat for lunch.

> Liberty is a well-armed sheep contesting the vote.

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I'm pretty sure he was just making a joke, at least that's how I read it.

The world needs more fun.

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