by Darius Kazemi, November 25 2019

In 2019 I'm reading one RFC a day in chronological order starting from the very first one. More on this project here. There is a table of contents for all my RFC posts.

List management

RFC-329 is titled “ARPA Network Mailing Lists”. It's dated May 17, 1972 and authored (presumably) by Jeanne North of the SRI NIC.

The technical content

This RFC updates RFC-303, and consists of three different distribution list for documents related to ARPANET. As in RFC-303, RFC-300, RFC-211, and RFC-168, List A is essentially the critical sites that need information as soon as possible, and lists B and C are for secondary sites.


Of special note (to me at least) is that this is the first mention of Xerox PARC as a full-fledged participant in the Network Working Group. RFC-190 is authored by L Peter Deutsch of Xerox PARC but seemed like a one-off at the time.

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About me

I'm Darius Kazemi. I'm an independent technologist and artist. I do a lot of work on the decentralized web with ActivityPub, including a Node.js reference implementation, an RSS-to-ActivityPub converter, and a fork of Mastodon, called Hometown. You can support my work via my Patreon.