Why forwarding is a Bad Thing
brad.knowles at skynet.be
Fri Mar 23 14:42:42 UTC 2001
At 12:42 PM +0000 3/23/01, Jim Reid wrote:
> For example in most mail
> systems, it is trivial to configure them to send all non-local mail
> (for some definition of local) to a smart mail relay.
True enough, but then you're hard-coding by name what your
outbound mail relay(s) is/are.
I understand your overall aversion to forwarding, and based on
your previous equation of evilness to wildcard MX records I accept
that I shouldn't be advocating it's use in any public forum.
However, one thing I still don't understand is how doing that
sort of thing is significantly different from hard-coding your
outbound mail relay(s), and yet one is "evil" and the other is not.
> It's even
> possible to provide and document company standard configurations for
> those setups.
Same with forwarding.
> The smart mail relays would be operated by the
> organisation's clueful mail people. ie The complexity and intelligence
> about mail routing and relaying is handled by the systems and people
> that have the resources and skills to do that job reliably.
Right, same with forwarding.
If you could help me to understand the fundamental difference
here, that would really go a long ways towards solidifying in my own
mind as to *why* forwarding is evil and should not be publicly
Brad Knowles, <brad.knowles at skynet.be>
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