Off-topic: Usenet archiving history

Ben Finney ben+python at
Sun Jun 14 03:46:26 EDT 2009

David Bolen < at> writes:

> Individual messages could include an Expires: header if they wished,

Since we're already well off-topic: NNTP, HTTP, and email, and probably
other protocols as well, all deal with messages. They are all consistent
in defining a message [0] as having *exactly one* header.

Every time you call a field from the header “a header”, or refer to
the plural “headers of a message”, the IETF kills a kitten. You
don't want to hurt a kitten, do you?

[0] Okay, NNTP calls a message an “article”, and the header is
composed of “lines” where other protocols call them “fields” (since
there can be multiple lines per field), but that's no excuse.

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Ben Finney

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