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Discussion on drastically slimming-down IMAP to make it easier to implement clients and servers. It's been observed that "most IMAP clients suck" and it's hard for both clients and servers to implement.

One reason IMAP is hard to implement is that it has a lot of options. Often there are several alternative ways to accomplish something.

Is it possible and desirable to start with the current set of (IMAP + all extensions) and consider subtracting as much as possible? The resulting protocol would still be IMAP, but not backwards-compatible with today's IMAP, since some currently-mandated items are likely to be deleted.

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