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Re: Posts to the mailing list - Broken reference headers

Quash this thread please, it threatens to become a long flame as everyone
wants to get their 2c in. References are not a required header, and will not
be a required header even when the draft standard is accepted. But they are a
good thing and people should get better mail clients. And world peace, that
would be nice too.

Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho <gaia@iki.fi> writes:

> On 20000923T180801+0200, Jens M|ller wrote:
> > Could those people who produce that postings please switch to a standard
> > compliant mail client.
> Can you please identify which standard (Internet or otherwise) is being
> violated here?

There is no standard that requires In-Reply-To or References headers in mail.
In-Reply-To headers have never been standardized and are as good as useless.
There is a proposed standard that lists references as a SHOULD requirement:


They are not required for discussion on debian lists, and good mail clients
are generally clever enough not to lose the thread of the discussion without
them. But they are a good thing in general.

Note that this is still a draft:

> Internet-Drafts are draft documents valid for a maximum of six months 
> and may be updated, replaced, or obsoleted by other documents at any 
> time. It is inappropriate to use Internet-Drafts as reference material 
> or to cite them other than as "work in progress."
> Note: Though this document uses the word "standard" in the body of the 
> text, it is of course still an Internet Draft and is NOT actually a 
> standard until it has been approved and published as an standards-track 
> RFC.


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