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From Bernd Petrovitsch <be...@petrovitsch.priv.at>
Subject Re: Should Emails Have An Expiration Date
Date Tue, 01 Mar 2011 11:04:14 GMT
On Mon, 2011-02-28 at 15:52 -0500, David F. Skoll wrote: 
> On Mon, 28 Feb 2011 14:42:56 -0600
> Matt <lm7812@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> > I think this would be a great idea.
> 
> I think it's dumb on so many levels it's hard to know where to begin.
> 
> 1) Having an Expires: header would make naive users think that it's actually
> technically possible to force their email messages to expire.
> 
> 2) It would require buy-in from every MUA and MTA vendor.  That will happen
> when Gadhafi renounces violence.
> 
> 3) Even assuming some software honored the Expires: header, it would
> play havoc with email retention policies of receiving organizations.
> Some organizations are required to retain all email for a certain
> period of time.
> 
> If you're an email sender and you want your message to expire after
> a certain period of time, keep dreaming: It's not possible.
> 
> If you're an email admin and you want to clean up disk space, go tell
> your users that if they don't clean up their mailboxes, you will.
> 
> Expiring email is another snake-oil technical solution to a social problem.

FullACK.
Well, ZDnet is not really known for their technical expertise ...

Bernd
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Bernd Petrovitsch                  Email : bernd@petrovitsch.priv.at
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