On Jul 06, 2012, at 02:36 PM, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
It's not clear to me how the MUA would know that. Many MUAs (well, at least one, and you know which one I'm talking about! Reindeer and mooses and Gnus, oh my!) can handle multiple feeds simultaneously. Suppose you have multiple archives (mirrors!) which happen to have the same list archived? How does the MUA de-dupe lists (and/or merge them, although I don't know if any MUAs can do that) if we don't have a unique public name?
Another issue with newsgroup names is that some lists *are* registered in the news hierarchy, so provision for such aliases should be allowed.
Maybe that's the reason for the prefix?
Part of it, yes.
Should the prefix be configurable then?