Internet management, was ICANN opens up Pandora's Box of new TLDs

Gadi Evron ge at
Sun Jun 29 20:39:28 UTC 2008

On Sun, 29 Jun 2008, John Levine wrote:
>> We already see this in the email world, where a self-appointed cartel
>> like the MAAWG can decide technical rules and policies, bypassing
>> both IETF and ICANN.
> As an active participant in both the IETF and MAAWG, and a former
> member of the ICANN ALAC, I can assure you that MAAWG would be
> delighted to stop publishing its own BCPs about email and abuse
> management, reflecting the experience of the largest mail systems on
> the planet, if the IETF or ICANN would get their heads out of their
> navels and do so.  A mail system configured according to current RFCs
> would be useless, since nobody would be able to find the trickle of
> legit mail in the torrent of spam, even assuming the mail system
> didn't melt down from the load.
>> I configure rDNS on every email server I managed, even if I
>> find the rule stupid and unfair, because I have no choice.
> All those mean old ISPs are, in case you hadn't noticed, delivering
> the mail you send them for free.  If you find it too much trouble to
> configure your DNS in accordance with STD 13, which has been around
> for over 20 years, I expect they'll also find it too much trouble to
> try and tell your mail apart from the 99.999% of no-rDNS hosts that
> are spambots.
> Spam sucks, complaining about it won't make it go away.  Indeed, the
> reason we're making so little progress against it is that far too many
> people just complain and expect someone else to solve the problem.

I for one am happy MAAWG and other less public groups are out there. 
Nature abhors a vacuume and if one is there it will be filled.


> R's,
> John

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