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Re: One unclear point in the Vim license

Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org> writes:

> On Tue, Jan 01, 2002 at 04:13:56PM -0800, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> > Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org> writes:
> > > Please respect my damn mail headers.
> > 
> > And "damn headers" they are.  This business of hiding little requests
> > in mail headers is getting damn annoying.  People should be a whole
> > lot more tolerant about it, and damn-it-all get software which does
> > what they want instead of using non-standard extensions and then
> > lambasting everyone who doesn't support the non-standard.
> Okay, so you'd prefer in-band signaling.

Well, what I'd prefer is that people all followed of the following:

1) If you want to use a nonstandard header and demand that other
   Debian users observe it, then you should take the onus on yourself
   of implementing the header in the various supported Debian MUAs.

2) If you want to use a nonstandard header, and people don't follow
   it, you don't get upset and shout at them, but rather, file a bug
   report against the Debian package for the MUA they are using.

3) If someone does something that bothers you by not observing a
   non-standard email header, you find a way of asking them to change
   their behavior which:

   a) Demonstrates respect, and
   b) Shows an understanding that it is you who are using the
      non-standard header; that it is you who are (thus) violating the
      standard, and not them, and
   c) Suggests a way they could adapt their MUA to conform to the
      non-standard header you are promoting, and
   d) Doesn't make you look like a Craig Sanders clone.

Indeed, if everyone who bitched and moaned about this or that person
not obeying this or that non-standard header would instead just follow
number (1) above, the problem would evaporate.  

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