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Re: Paul's Mailfrom (Was: IETF SMTP Working Group Proposal atsmtpng.org)

  • From: Jim Hickstein
  • Date: Tue Aug 27 22:36:06 2002


--On Monday, August 26, 2002 10:34 PM +0200 Iljitsch van Beijnum <iljitsch@muada.com> wrote:

As a user, I pay my ISP to forward IP packets. If there happen to be TCP
segments in those packets, that's something between me and the person the
packet is addressed to, whether the destination port of those TCP segments
is 25 or something else.
Hear, hear! I run an email-only service provider (www.imap-partners.net), and we have to help certain users over the threshold at e.g. Earthlink by permitting them to reach us on another port. This is logically ridiculous, and bound to change.

Earthlink's behavior here may have some positive social benefit, but there is a downside. If it becomes impossible for my customers to reach me and do SMTP AUTH, I will be out of business. The network is not the application, and should not be.




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