[e2e] Discrete IP
Ralph Droms (rdroms)
rdroms at cisco.com
Sun Sep 16 05:04:08 PDT 2012
On Sep 16, 2012, at 1:08 AM 9/16/12, Ross Finlayson wrote:
>>> > Even better, perhaps professional mailing
>>> lists like this should start
>>> > rejecting postings from 'hobbyist' email
>>> addresses ("@gmail.com",
>>> > "@yahoo.com", etc.)...
>>> Sigh, much as I basically agree with you, a number of our
>>> serious contributors
>>> also use gmail, etc, these days.
>> Not to mention the PhD students who wouldn't like to be excluded ;-)
> Do these PhD students' schools not have their own domain name? :-)
> Note that it's possible to let gmail manage email to/from addresses that use other domain names. See:http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/gmail/tEaJstfhzeI
> The problem is not the 'gmail' service per se (provided that you don't mind your email being scanned :-). The problem is the "@gmail.com" email address suffix, which advertises to the world that you're not particularly relevant. (Ditto for "@yahoo.com", "@hotmail.com", "@aol.com" addresses, etc.)
This discussion has taken an interesting turn.
We are supposed to be individual contributors, not an employee or otherwise associated with @irrelevant-domain.example
We establish our relevance, or lack thereof, through a reputation based on the contents of our contributions.
I use "rdroms.ietf at gmail.com" as my address in IETF communication to help with the convenient fiction that I am an independent contributor to the IETF, without relying on my job at Cisco for my reputation. I may or may not be relevant, but that would be because of my reputation, not because my e-mail address ends in "gmail.com".
I recognize that end2end-interest is not affiliated with the IETF< but I think the principles apply. And, before you jump on my use of "rdroms at cisco.com" for this e-mail list, my subscription here predates my use of "rdroms.ietf at gmail.com" and I've never gotten around to updating it. Think about it - seriously, how many of you would ascribe value to this post depending on whether it comes from "rdroms at cisco.com" or "rdroms.ietf at gmail.com"?
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